ALDI Katoomba will close temporarily from tomorrow [Saturday November 21] and reopen on Saturday December 5 after a comprehensive store upgrade and just in time for Christmas.
Many of the improvements have been implemented following store trials and ALDI's state-wide roll-out of its modern store design in South and Western Australia.
One of the biggest changes will be the introduction of alcohol sales, but the store is not allowed to sell refridgerated alcohol, as part of the licensing agreement.The licence was knocked back on two occasions before being approved late last year.
A statement from ALDI said: "While we're delighted to be introducing these innovations, we want our customers to know they won't lead to higher prices."
ALDI Katoomba will continue to be supported by a team of 15-20 permanent full and part-time employees, some of whom are taking a holiday during the construction, or being redeployed, during the upgrade.
The carpark is also being redeveloped and a lift put in place.
There is an alternative ALDI offering in Emu Plains, North Richmond and Lithgow.
The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) said in making its decision on the licence for the store at 201-205 Katoomba Street last year, it "carefully considered all submissions and the licence has the following conditions:
- Reduced trading hours of Monday to Saturday 8.30 am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 8pm The licensee (or its representative) must join and be an active participant in the local liquor accord
- Closed-circuit television system must be installed
- No refrigerated liquor products can be sold
- The business must operate in accordance with the policies and plans submitted to ILGA
- The business must not operate with a greater overall level of social impact on the wellbeing of the community than what could reasonably be expected based on the application."