SHOPPERS in Neston have been returning to a supermarket five months after it closed down.
Shoppers in Neston have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Aldi store since the closure of Somerfield on the same site in May this year.
While Neston is well served by local butchers (Hamilton Barnes, Tracey’s Food Hall), a greengrocers (Goulbournes) and two bakers (Marietos and Gerrards), along with gift shops (TIG, Temptations) and various service outlets, residents wishing to do a full week’s shopping including household items have been forced out of town for the past six months, as the hard-working staff at Neston’s small Tesco and Iceland branches struggled to cope with demand.
It is hoped that not only local residents but many people from further afield will be tempted back into Neston town centre to shop and enjoy the town’s numerous pubs and restaurants.
The new Aldi, one of the larger branches in the North West and conveniently situated near the train station, was officially opened last week by Councillor Moira Andrews, chairwoman of Neston Town Council.
She said: “We are at a crossroads in Neston – going through a period of change, hopefully a change for the better.”
The opening comes hot on the heels of the inauguration of the new council and ahead of the opening of Sainsburys in 2010.
Cllr Andrews added: “We have a new town council and a new Aldi store, both with the same vision to deliver quality and excellence.”
The opening was watched by a large crowd eager to be the first through the doors.
The first 500 shoppers were treated to a free chocolate cake, and were invited to enter a prize draw to win a range of prizes valued at over £800.00.