Residents in Louth have given the ‘thumbs up’ to the town’s newest supermarket - just hours before the opening of the long-awaited Aldi store.
The store - which has already created 40 new jobs with more in the pipeline - will throw open its doors tomorrow (Thursday) at 8am.
It has completely transformed the formerly run down Malt Kiln site.
Mum-of-two Sandra Robson (41): “I think it’s brilliant we’re finally getting an Aldi.
“I know some people are against it but they are mainly existing shop owners and the other supermarkets.
“I think Aldi will bring even more people into the town, which can only be a good thing.
“With two young children, I’m looking forward to saving money.”
Pensioner Alan Spencer (72) said he hoped to be one of the first people through the doors.
He said: “Aldi has knocked spots off a lot of the other supermarkets and I’ve been driving to Grimsby to shop there.
“I think it’s just what Louth needs.
“It’s on the outskirts of town and it might make the other supermarkets get their fingers out and start offering lower prices.”
Alison James (34) said all her family were planning to use Aldi.
She added: “I’ve started shopping there over the last 12 months and you do save money.
“A store in Louth has got to be better than driving somewhere else.
“Some of my friends don’t like it because they think the quality isn’t as good as the bigger supermarkets.
“I don’t agree. The quality and the price are hard to beat.”
Rachel Andrews, who lives in a Wolds village, said she would be shopping in Louth now because of the new Aldi.
She explained: “I’ve tended to travel elsewhere - even as far as Skegness.
“Now, I’ll definitely come to Louth.
“I just hope the store is big enough. I’ve driven by and watched it being built and I hope they stock a full range.”
Not everyone supports the opening of the new store.
Angela Masters said she was worried Aldi would have a negative impact on many traditional shops in the town.
She said: “The appeal of Louth is the butchers and the bakers.
“They already had the other supermarkets. Now they’ve got Aldi as well. How will they compete? I just hope we’re not left with empty shops on the High Street.”
Chris Olver, manager of the new Aldi store, said staff were looking forward to welcoming customers.
The store has a number of promotions and special offers to mark the opening.