By Alana Mazzoni For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 06:37 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 06:37 GMT, 24 January 2021
German supermarket chain Aldi managed to turn two humble Sydney stores into Australia's third largest chain in less than two decades.
On January 25, 2001, Aldi opened up its first stores in Australia - one in Marrickville, in Sydney's inner west, and the other near Bankstown airport.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Each store had just 900 products, and in lieu of checkout operators, customers had to bring and pack their own groceries.
Aldi also went against the traditional supermarket grain by requiring shoppers to pay with a gold coin to use trolleys.
Aldi's first foundation stone was laid in 1913 with the opening of a small food store in the German town of Essen
Part of Aldi's popularity can be attributed to its bi-weekly 'special buys,' where heavily discounted items - that traditionally wouldn't be sold in supermarkets - go on sale
In its special buys, the supermarket giant sells everything from ski gear, bed frames, lawn mowers, televisions and vacuum cleaners
The chain turned away from gimmicks such as loyalty rewards that other supermarkets were driving home.
Another part of Aldi's success was that it filled a gap in the market for 'no frills' supermarkets as Bi-Lo and Franklins were on