Team GB star launch for new Aldi branch

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business -

ABUDGET su­per­mar­ket has opened in Run­corn bring­ing re­lief to mo­torists wait­ing for road works to fin­ish.

Olympic sil­ver medal­list Jazmin Car­lin cut the rib­bon for the Aldi store on Mur­dishaw Av­enue last Thurs­day.

The Team GB star, who was part of the women’s medal­win­ning swim­ming squad at Rio 2016 launched the store with the help of pupils from Mur­dishaw West Pri­mary School and store man­ager Graeme Hughes.

While there, Jazmin spoke to the young­sters about the ben­e­fits of healthy liv­ing.

A store give­away of free fruit and veg for the first 30 cus­tomers took place as part of the event. The su­per­mar­ket was given the go-ahead by Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil plan­ning chiefs in Fe­bru­ary last year and was pitched as part of a pack­age of ‘re­gen­er­a­tion’ schemes around Run­corn, although the Mur­dishaw plot was pre­vi­ously park­land.

Three re­tail units and a pub are also be­ing built at the Mur­dishaw site, and the Hal­ton Arms pub­lic house was de­mol­ished as part of the wider Mur­dishaw de­vel­op­ment.

Driv­ers in re­cent weeks were left fum­ing over tail­backs and de­lays caused by tem­po­rary lights and ac­cess road­works.

Fur­ther road­works are due to take place in com­ing years in the area with the rede­vel­op­ment of Mur­dishaw round­about as Junc­tion 11a of the M56 mo­tor­way link­ing the ma­jor ● ● net­work with the Mersey Gate­way bridge via Run­corn’s South­ern and Cen­tral ex­press­ways. An Aldi spokesman said the store has cre­ated 29 jobs.

Speak­ing af­ter the open­ing, Olympian Jazmin said: “A big thanks to Aldi Mur­dishaw this morn­ing for giv­ing me such a warm wel­come. It was a plea­sure to meet the team, cus­tomers, and pupils from Mur­dishaw West Com­mu­nity Pri­mary.”

Graeme Hughes said: “Jazmin opened the store in style this morn­ing.

“Her Olympic jour­ney is in­spi­ra­tional and it was great to get some healthy eat­ing ideas from her, too.” ●

Pics: Mark Waugh Aimee Dil­lon-Smith and VIP guest team GB ath­lete Jazmin Roxy with he chil­dren from Mur­dishaw WestJazmin Roxy with Jen Chu­dasama and Sue Pot­ter

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