The new Aldi supermarket in Tarleton is now open!
Work on the new store, on the site of the former Bay Leaf restaurant on Liverpool Road, is finally complete.
It will be run by store manager Tony Breen, along with a team of 35 staff from the local community, and more jobs are still available.
Team GB track and field hero Anyika Onuora officially cut the red ribbon and gave away complimentary bags of fresh fruit and vegetables to the first 30 customers in the queue.
Also in attendance was up-and-coming Taekwondo athlete, Adelaide Barnes.
The new Aldi store offers large chillers and freezers dedicated to fresh, British meat products, a ‘Food to Go’ section at the front of the store, and an exclusive section full of Health & Beauty products.
Shoppers can also take a walk down the ‘Aisle of Aldi’, where they will find legendary Specialbuys which are available every Thursday and Sunday.
Additionally, the new Aldi store is calling on local charities and food banks in Tarleton to register with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to charitable organisations in the local community.
Anyika delivered an inspirational virtual assembly for pupils at Tarleton Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School as part of the supermarket’s initiative, Get Set to Eat Fresh, and talked to pupils about her experience of competing as an Olympian and shared her challenging training regime. Aldi Tarleton also offered pupils the opportunity to win a gift voucher to spend at the new store.
Youngsters were tasked with creating a poster to show what healthy eating means to them. Anyika announced the winner during the assembly. The pupil was presented with their £20 voucher.
Tony Breen said: “It’s been a wonderful morning here at the opening of Aldi Tarleton. It was lovely to welcome our new customers into the store, and I look forward to meeting more of the community in the coming weeks.
“I’m also thrilled that we’ve been able to support Tarleton Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School through our partnership with Team GB.”
Anyika said: “I’ve had a fantastic time opening the new Aldi this morning. It was an honour to officially open the store and welcome customers inside for the first time.”
Speaking ahead of her talk, she said “I am looking forward to speaking with the children at Tarleton Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School about the importance of eating healthily and how it can be fun to plan and prepare meals as a family. Hopefully I’ve also managed to inspire the pupils to keep active and try different sports.”
Local charities that register will be able to collect surplus food and perishable products, such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods, up to seven days a week. Any charities in the area that would like to partner up with the new Aldi store should email firstname.lastname@example.org