Inside Aldi's new Corner Stores with ready-made food, cafes

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Aldi’s slogan of Good, Different certainly is the case with their new Corner Stores according to impressed customers who are already sharing on social media that they "love it".

The new-look store - the supermarket giant's answer to convenient grocery shopping - is a far cry from their standard supermarkets with edgy new art murals, boutique-style shopping and a focus on cosmopolitan living.

But the biggest drawcard for the store is their grab-and-go and heat-and-eat easy lunch and dinner options.

A cheese display at Aldi Corner Store, North Sydney.
Aldi's Corner Store has a unique look in a new boutique setting. Source: Supplied/ Aldi

This range of meals is nothing like we’ve seen before from the German retailer, which traditionally focussed on catering for budget-savvy supermarket shoppers.

But at the Corner Store, the retailer’s extra-large shopping trolleys have been replaced with baskets and there’s even "puppy parking" catering for customers who quickly duck down to their new local store.

Customers can purchase freshly made sushi, salads, sandwiches and wraps starting at $3.29 the store also sells prepared fruit and snack combo packs from $2.99.

The Food to Go display at the new Aldi corner store.
The new grab-and-go meals at Aldi's Corner Store are a staple new range of the store. Source: Supplied/ Aldi
A man makes a coffee at the Aldi coffee shop North Sydney.
Aldi's coffee kiosk operated by Sonoma offers locally roasted, barista-made coffee. Source: Supplied/ Aldi

In a savvy move, the Corner Store - which is Aldi’s take on Woolworths Metro stores and Coles Local supermarkets - has also teamed up with some successful Australian businesses.

The in-store cafe is run by Aussie bread and coffee company Sonoma, while OzHarvest - Australia’s leading food rescue organisation - has an in-store "Juice For Good" vending machine serving up freshly squeezed orange juice.

Aldi unveils new look

Other than the smaller layout, the stores biggest point of difference is the edgy artwork throughout by street artist and muralist Joel Moore, aka Mulga.

Good Different Mural at Aldi Corner Store, North Sydney.
Art work by muralist Joel Moore, aka Mulga, can been seen throughout the store. Source: Supplied/ Aldi
Aldi Corner Store Self Checkout in North Sydney.
The store has a very different look to the traditional Aldi supermarket stores. Source: Supplied/ Aldi

The re-energised store makeover sees bright coloured, captivating artworks which celebrate the surrounding neighbourhood of North Sydney.

The signage throughout the store has been given a modern facelift too, with messages acknowledging the store’s sustainability initiatives and environmental commitments including Aldi’s commitment to reduce plastic and food waste.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is Aldi’s Special Buys and Super Savers. Customers can still find a middle aisle full of weekly Special Buys and there’s a range of convenient super savers on offer too.

Aldi has a range of big changes planned

The Corner Store is just the latest step forward to the German retailer in the Aussie market.

In June the store started trialling self-serve checkouts in 10 locations across NSW including the first at their Darlinghurst, Sydney store.

The store, which is famous for its fast-paced checkouts, made the change after self-serve checkouts were introduced across Aldi in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aldi’s new look Corner Stores will also feature the new self-serve checkouts in an effort to make them quick and convenient for customers.

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