A MULTI-NATIONAL supermarket chain and a start-up Warrnambool business are singing the praises of the latest expansion at Gateway Plaza.
Aldi has opened its second Warrnambool store while the first Wings and Things fresh and gourmet poultry outlet is also part of the expansion.
Aldi, along with Sportspower, Yang Yangs Massage, Blind Jimmy’s and Best and Less all opened their doors to the public on Wednesday.
Wings and Things fresh and gourmet poultry, Dr Tully’s Expresso Bar, Express Alterations and Gateway Newsagency will open within the next fortnight.
Wings and Things fresh and gourmet poultry general manager Ciaran Keegan said the Gateway Plaza expansion was the perfect fit for the new business.
“The owners of Gateway Plaza are very pro-active in expanding and attracting larger demographics,” Mr Keegan said.
“That approach has made Gateway Plaza a destination centre for many people when they are heading out to go shopping.
“Places like this are so convenient, people can do all their shopping in the one place with free parking thrown in.
“That makes for a great package for a new business like ours.”
An Aldi spokesperson said the company was excited about the opening of its new store.
“Aldi Gateway Plaza Warrnambool has been purpose-built with new innovations that will offer an enhanced shopping experience for our customers with better product displays, improved navigation and modern styling,” the spokesperson said.
The new supermarket will employ 15-20 permanent full and part-time staff.
Aldi, Sportspower, Dr Tully’s Expresso Bar and Express Alterations will all operate at Gateway Plaza in addition to their Warrnambool CBD stores.
Warrnambool City Council mayor Kylie Gaston said that is a huge positive.
“It is such a big tick for the city to have these great businesses setting up at both Gateway Plaza and the CBD,” Cr Gaston said.