Aldi applies to sell alcohol from Bunbury and Australind stores

Aldi stores in Bunbury and Australind may soon stock alcohol for sale, pending a decision from the Liquor Licensing Board.

The applications before the board seek conditional grants of liquor store licenses which will enable the two local supermarkets to sell their exclusive range of beer, wine and spirits.

The supermarket juggernaut, which expects to be operating 40 stores state-wide by 2018, said it was a “highly sophisticated and experienced packaged liquor merchant”, with extensive liquor retailing experience.

Alcohol would be sold from the existing stores which would offer a “boutique-type of liquor service”.

The alcohol section in each store would be small and discrete and would feature a range of unrefrigerated alcoholic drinks largely exclusive to Aldi.

Despite some earlier knockbacks fromt he board, Aldi has previously been successful in applying for liquor licenses in Western Australia.

A refusal for their Harrisdale store was overturned last year, with the supermarket now allowed to sell alcohol from that premises.