Eager shoppers queue up for new Aldi in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 11:50 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 09 April 2018

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina Morgan

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Archant

Eager shoppers began queuing as early as 6am to be the first inside the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City today.

Olympic gold medallist Tim Baillie was handing out vouchers for free fruit and veg to the first customers to arrive.

Music was playing from loud speakers and free breakfast was also available.

First in the queue at the new Bessemer Road supermarket were friends, Sharon and Kelly, who live in the Chequers area of Welwyn Garden City.

Sharon, 50, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I’ve always wanted an Aldi store here.

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

“I can’t wait to go in.”

Kelly added: “I have been looking forward to it opening and also meeting the Olympic gold medallist.

“This store is on our doorstep.”

Mum-of-two Siobhann McKechnie, 28, was in the queue with her children.

Olympic gold medallist Tim Baillie hands out free fruit and veg to the first shoppers into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganOlympic gold medallist Tim Baillie hands out free fruit and veg to the first shoppers into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Siobhann, of Thistle Grove, said; “I have been here since 7am.

“It’s nice not to have to go to Hatfield to go to Aldi.

“It’s a good location here.

“My daughter is excited about going in to meet the Olympic gold medallist.”

First in the queue to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City were Sharon and her friend Kelly. They arrived shortly after 6am to queue up.
Picture: Nina MorganFirst in the queue to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City were Sharon and her friend Kelly. They arrived shortly after 6am to queue up. Picture: Nina Morgan

Colleagues Amanda Hewett and Sam Calvert joined the queue at 7.30am.

Lab technician Amanda, 49, said: “I’m excited.

“I only live round the corner.

“My boss Sam has agreed for us to come here before we go to work.

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganEager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

“We work in the business park in Hatfield.

“It’s about time we had an Aldi in Welwyn Garden City.”

Mark Cuthbert re-arranged his working hours to that he could drive his mum Shirley Cuthbert to the Aldi opening.

Retired Shirley, who lives in Panshanger, said: “We have been here since 7.30am.

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganEager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

“It’s brilliant that this is opening because you used to have to go to Hatfield.”

Mum-of-four Rachel Ashby, who lives near the new store, said: “I have heard there are some good bargains so we will see.

“We normally do online shopping, but we thought we would check it out.

“It’s good to have a bit more variety in Welwyn Garden City.”

Amanda Hewett and colleague Sam Calvert queued up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganAmanda Hewett and colleague Sam Calvert queued up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Among the new recruits at the store was Paul Hickling, 58, who is a store assistant.

Paul said: “I worked for Tesco in the warehouse in Welham Green before it closed down.

“I was glad Aldi have given me a chance.

“I’m 58 and Aldi aren’t prejudiced against age.

Mark Cuthbert changed his working hours so that he could take his mum Shirley Cuthbert to the opening of the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganMark Cuthbert changed his working hours so that he could take his mum Shirley Cuthbert to the opening of the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

“I did some training in Hatfield and I enjoy speaking to the customers.

“Most customers are quite talkative.”

Former Onslow St Audrey’s School pupil Alyson Biggs, 29, has transferred from the Aldi in Stevenage to work in Welwyn Garden City.

Alyson, who lives in Hatfield, said: “It’s now just one stop on the train so it’s easier for me to work here.

Mark Cuthbert changed his working hours so that he could take his mum Shirley Cuthbert to the opening of the 
new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganMark Cuthbert changed his working hours so that he could take his mum Shirley Cuthbert to the opening of the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

“I think the store will be really popular because a lot of people from Welwyn Garden City go to the branch in Stevenage.”

Shoppers, including eight-year-old Emilia Hazeldine, enjoyed the free Aldi breakfast as part of the opening celebrations.

Emilia said: “It’s a huge store.”

Her mum Joanne Hazeldine added: “We got here fairly early.

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganEager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

“It’s exciting because it is walking distance from our home.”

Olympic gold medallist Tim Baillie hands out fruit and veg vouchers to eager shoppers at the opening of the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganOlympic gold medallist Tim Baillie hands out fruit and veg vouchers to eager shoppers at the opening of the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganEager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganEager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Eager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganEager shoppers queue up to get into the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Welwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganWelwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Welwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon cuts the ribbon at the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganWelwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon cuts the ribbon at the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Inside the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganInside the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Inside the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganInside the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

The new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganThe new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Bargains at the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganBargains at the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Paul Hickling is one of the store assistants at the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganPaul Hickling is one of the store assistants at the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan

Emilia Hazeldine, eight, enjoys a free bacon sandwich at the opening of the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Nina MorganEmilia Hazeldine, eight, enjoys a free bacon sandwich at the opening of the new Aldi store in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Nina Morgan


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times