Eager shoppers brave cold to queue for opening of new Aldi

Temperatures were a chilly 3C as shoppers queued up to visit the new supermarket

The queue of people waiting before the new Aldi store opens at 8am in Willenhall
The queue of people waiting before the new Aldi store opens at 8am in Willenhall

People braved the cold to be among the first to shop at the Black Country's latest Aldi.

The doors opened at Willenhall's second Aldi store at 8am to a crowd of eager shoppers.

Many lined up ahead of opening despite foggy weather and temperatures barely reaching 3C (37F).

Olympic bronze medallist Marcus Ellis opened the South Street store which has created 28 jobs.

Marcus Ellis with store manager Lisa Kilmister and children from Stow Heath Primary

Badminton player Marcus handed out free bags of fruit and vegetables to the first 30 customers in the queue as part of Aldi’s Get Set To Eat Fresh campaign, which hopes to inspire 1.2 million school children aged five to 14 to learn more about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food with their families.

The new store will offer chillers and freezers with fresh, British meat products, a ‘Food to Go’ section at the front of the store, a fixture along the back wall showcasing Aldi’s beers, wines and spirits, and a section full of health and beauty products.

Store manager, Lisa Kilmister, said: “It’s been a fantastic morning here at our grand opening.

Marcus Ellis with shopper Dorothy Firm

"It was lovely to meet our new customers and I look forward to meeting more of the community in the coming weeks.

"I’d also like to say a big thank you to the wonderful, Marcus Ellis, for being a part of our celebrations.”

Olympic medallist Marcus Ellis opens the new Aldi on South street, Willenhall

Team GB star, Marcus Ellis added: “It’s been an honour to be a part of Aldi’s store opening.

"I’ve had a great time talking to both the adults and children of Willenhall about healthy eating and my experience of the Olympics.”

The new store is open Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

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