Over 100 shoppers flock to Aldi opening

Manager Steven Scott gets ready to cut the ribbon, held by Amy Green with Ronnie Cormack, watched by staff members Lynne and Susan
Manager Steven Scott gets ready to cut the ribbon, held by Amy Green with Ronnie Cormack, watched by staff members Lynne and Susan

Over 100 shoppers queued from the early hours ahead of the Aldi store opening in Ellon last week.

Eagerly waiting in line were more than 110 members of the public hoping to a receive a ‘golden ticket’ last Thursday.

A large queue formed outside the store before the opening

A large queue formed outside the store before the opening

The special opening was marked with a ‘golden ticket giveaway’ which saw the first one hundred people in the queue walk away with a sealed envelope containing a prize.

Ron Cormack scooped the star prize - a 40” television - after waiting in line from 5.30am.

Aldi Store Manager Steven Scott cut the ribbon officially marking the store open to the public.

Steven said: “There was a great turnout on opening day, and my team and I were very pleased to introduce shoppers to our new store and range of locally-sourced products.

“We’re expecting the store to be very busy in the coming weeks and we are still looking to recruit people from the local community for a number of roles.”

Other golden ticket prizes included Garmin Sat Navs and luxury bags of Aldi shopping.

During the launch last weekend customers were also treated to a range of samples on offer from Scottish suppliers.

So far 15 members of staff have been taken on at the store so far, but a further 20 positions are available.

Positions available include an Assistant Store Manager and four Deputy Store Manager roles.

For the first time the Deputy Store Manager role has been opened up externally creating 700 new jobs across the UK and around 100 in Scotland. Find out how to apply at - aldirecruitment.co.uk.

Councillor Gillian Owen said that she was delighted to see the queue for the opening of the store.

She said: “The opening has created excitement in the town. I supported this project from the start as the store will draw people into our town and give much needed competition to the out of town store!”

Councillor Rob Merson added: “I very much hope that the opening of this new supermarket will help to increase the footfall in Ellon town centre. Competition can be a very constructive influence and provides an incentive for all traders to ‘up their game’. For that reason, I would like to remind them that grant assistance is still available from Aberdeenshire Council through the ‘Formartine Retail Improvement Scheme’, and I would be delighted to forward details and an application form to any interested parties.”

The store is on Ythan Terrace opens from 8am to 9pm Monday-Saturday and from 10am to 7pm on a Sunday.