A German supermarket giant has snapped up an empty Bunnings site in Melbourne as it prepares to break into Australia’s lucrative $90 billion grocery market.
Kaufland, a warehouse style supermarket, boasts superstores five times bigger than Coles or Woolworths and is similar to Costco but without the membership.
The chain, which stocks about 60,000 products, has already bought a site in the outskirts of Adelaide for $25 million as part of its plans to dominate the sector.
German supermarket Kaufland (pictured) is opening their doors for the first time in Australia
The supermarket giant has snapped up an empty Bunnings site (pictured) in Melbourne as it prepares to break into Australia’s lucrative $90 billion grocery market
The German Giant is known for offering shoppers everything from groceries to car maintenance supplies and will be opening its doors in Melbourne and Adelaide
The new stores will reportedly cover 20,000 square metres, just under five acres, and will stock everything from chocolate, televisions and ladders.
Kaufland, which is part of the Schwarz Group which owns Lidl, has never opened in an English speaking country but is extremely popular in eastern and central Europe countries with more than 1230 stores.
Unlike German supermarket Aldi, who mainly stocks their own brands, Kaufland stocks thousands of household brands.
Initial reports suggest Kaufland would need to open about 20 stores in Australia to make a viable investment.
The new stores will reportedly cover 20,000 square metres and will stock everything from chocolate, televisions and ladders.
Kaufland, a warehouse style supermarket, is five times bigger than Coles or Woolworths and is similar to Costco but without the membership (stock image)
Kaufland (pictured) will enter supermarket market alongside key player Coles and is extremely popular within eastern and central Europe
Retail consultant Brian Walker told the Herald Sun he expected Kaufland to be ‘very aggressive’ with its pricing scheme when it launched in Australia.
‘They are going to go hard and fast — they make their money by volume and they’ve got to get scale,’ he told the publication.
‘They will be very aggressive on price, very aggressive on product and they are going to appeal to that Aldi, Costco buyer.’
As the company is buying land, rather than leasing the land, it means Australian stores will not open for at least a couple of years, Fairfax Media reported earlier this year.
The German giants reportedly looked at other cities across the country including Geelong and the Gold Coast, but it is believed Sydney is not an option for Kaufland stores because there is not enough available land space.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Kaufland Australia for comment.
How the supermarkets compare
– First opened in Germany in 1984
– Huge ware house style supermarket
– $30.5 billion in annual revenue
– Has more than 1230 stores in Europe
– Set to open one store in Australia
– First opened in Sydney in 1924
– Australia’s largest supermarket chain
– 995 stores throughout Australia
– Holds $34.7 billion share in supermarket Australian market
– First opened in Germany in 1913
– Sells affordable brands and products
– More than 470 stores in Australia
– Holds $9.3 billion share in supermarket Australian market
– First opened in Melbourne in 1914
– Traditional style supermarket
– 801 stores throughout Australia
– Holds $30.8 billion share in supermarket Australian market
Unlike German supermarket Aldi, who mainly stocks their own brands, Kaufland (pictured) stocks thousands of household brands