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New look Aldi reopens in Orchards Shopping Centre in Dartford after major refurbishment


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An Aldi store has reopened its doors to customers after undergoing major works as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment project.

The discount supermarket at the Orchards Shopping Centre in Dartford had been shut for nearly two weeks.

From left: store manager Lee Shaxted with Aldi's area manager Connor Rogers at this morning's opening
From left: store manager Lee Shaxted with Aldi's area manager Connor Rogers at this morning's opening
Staff ready and waiting for the first customers at Aldi in Dartford today
Staff ready and waiting for the first customers at Aldi in Dartford today
Aldi in Dartford has re-opened today after a refurb
Aldi in Dartford has re-opened today after a refurb

But customers flooded back through the doors this morning at the usual opening time of 8am as the German giant marked its reopening with a fresh new look.

The retailer had originally closed on Monday, May 2 while renovation works, which form part of Aldi's £600m upgrade to stores nationally, got under way.

Changes have been made to make shopping easier for customers and the 1236 sq m store will now have more space and clearer signs, the retailer says.

Inside, there is new increased space dedicated to fresh British meat and fish, more beers, wines and spirits, as well as the shop's own beauty label and babycare products.

There's also a new and improved "Food to Go" section, offering a choice of fresh salads, sandwiches and sushi.

The new store includes special buys available every Thursday and Sunday. Photo: Aldi
The new store includes special buys available every Thursday and Sunday. Photo: Aldi
Aldi in Dartford has re-opened today after a refurb
Aldi in Dartford has re-opened today after a refurb
Changes have been made to make shopping easier for customers, says the firm
Changes have been made to make shopping easier for customers, says the firm

Fresh bread and cakes have also been moved to the last aisle, preventing them getting squashed under customers’ shopping, and the store will now offer new, easy to browse freezers.

Dartford customers can also take a walk down the "Aisle of Aldi", where they will find "special buys" which are available every Thursday and Sunday.

The store employs 32 members of the local community, and the refurbishment will create additional jobs, Aldi says.

Speaking ahead of the relaunch store manager Lee Shaxted said: “The store is looking fantastic, and we can’t wait to welcome our loyal customers back so they can see it for themselves.

"We’re committed to making sure that the shopping experience each customer enjoys in our stores is on a par with the products and services they’re used to.”

The Aldi store, at The Orchards Shopping Centre, Dartford has undergone a major refurbishment. Picture: Andy Payton
The Aldi store, at The Orchards Shopping Centre, Dartford has undergone a major refurbishment. Picture: Andy Payton

Parking arrangements for the store have also been confirmed following speculation of changes online.

A spokeswoman for Aldi said: "The car park has always been for Aldi customers and they will continue to be able to park in the store car park for up to 90 minutes for free.

"Those who wish to use the car park will be required to put their number plate details into a system in store."

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