Olympic star Dan to open new su­per­mar­ket

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ANEW Aldi su­per­mar­ket will be of­fi­cially opened in South­port this week by Olympic medal­list Dan Purvis.

The dis­count su­per­mar­ket will open on Liver­pool Road, in Birk­dale, on the for­mer site of the Birk­dale Trad­ing Es­tate, and will be the town’s sec­ond Aldi.

The open­ing takes place this Thurs­day and the first 30 cus­tomers will be given com­ple­men­tary bags full of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Gym­nast Daniel, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and claimed gold at the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games, will of­fi­cially cut the rib­bon to de­clare the store open at 8am.

Af­ter the open­ing, Daniel will pay a visit to Birk­dale Pri­mary School to de­liver an in­spi­ra­tional as­sem­bly about his gym­nas­tics ca­reer to date and the im­por­tance of liv­ing a healthy life­style.

Daniel, who lives in South­port and trains at South­port Gym­nas­tics Club, in Ains­dale, said: “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to open­ing morn­ing. It’s a great feel­ing to give back to a com­mu­nity that’s so close to my heart.

“I hope I can in­spire cus­tomers to stay ac­tive and main­tain a healthy, bal­anced diet.

“With so much fresh pro­duce on of­fer at Aldi Birk­dale, it’s re­ally easy to do so.”

Speak­ing ahead of the open­ing, store man­ager Linzi Lig­gat said: “Hav­ing a lo­cal hero with us to cel­e­brate our grand open­ing is so spe­cial. It’s not every day you get to meet an Olympic ath­lete, so I’m sure our shop­pers will be de­lighted to meet Daniel.

“We’ve got some fan­tas­tic open­ing week Spe­cial­buys on of­fer, as well as some ex­cel­lent prices on fresh, Bri­tish pro­duce, so we look for­ward to open­ing our doors to ev­ery­one on Thurs­day.”

The new Birk­dale store, which has cre­ated 38 jobs, will fea­ture Aldi’s ex­clu­sive Spe­cially Se­lected range and twice­weekly Spe­cial­buys.

● Olympic and Com­mon­wealth Games medal­list Daniel Purvis is to of­fi­cially open South­port’s new Aldi store, top, on Thurs­day

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