SOUTH Australian Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan last week welcomed supermarket chain ALDI's announcement that local building firm BADGE Group has been contracted to build the company's $70 million Regency Park distribution centre.
"ALDI's plans to open up to 50 stores is a real positive for the State's retail sector and points to the strength of the South Australian economy," Mr Mullighan said.
The Minister described the selection of a local building company to construct the supermarket chain's distribution centre as a great result for the BADGE Group and South Australian workers.
"South Australian-owned and operated for almost 30 years, the BADGE Group employs 250 people with an annual turnover in 2012/13 of $350 million," Mr Mullighan said.
"There will be jobs available through the construction phase, as well as ongoing administrative roles at the centre, not to mention the 900 full-time jobs ALDI expects to generate once the retail stores start to open from early-2016."
Mr Mullighan said the company's large-scale investment throughout the state was a good sign of optimism from a company that directly employs more than 92,000 people globally and turns over tens of billions of dollars each year.
"Over the past 12 years in Australia, the company has opened five distribution centres and more than 300 stores in the eastern states and the ACT," Mr Mullighan said.
"They are a successful company with a clear strategic direction, and we are pleased they see a strong future for South Australia, as do we.
"ALDI continues to actively seek suitable sites and has committed to several store sites including Seaford Heights, Kilburn, Parafield Gardens, Blakeview, Hallett Cove, Woodcroft, Gilles Plains, Salisbury, Modbury, St Agnes and Noarlunga."
BADGE Group has been involved in the design and construction of a number of significant projects across South Australia, including the Mt Gambier Prison, Fort Largs Police Academy and the Modbury GP Plus Clinic.