Aldi opened the doors to its fourth Sunderland store today - and treated its first customers to a free breakfast.
Store manager David Graham performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store at Knollside Close, Hall Farm, on the site of former sheltered housing.
He was joined by representatives of St Benedict’s Hospice at Ryhope, which provides care, advice and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses from across Sunderland and their families.
The store presented the hospice with a monetary donation to mark its opening.
Aldi also treated its first customers to sausage and bacon sandwiches, as well samples of food from its premium Christmas range.
The store has created 28 jobs, and is currently recruiting for assistant manager, deputy manager, store assistant and stock assistant roles.
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Standing at 5,424 sq ft, with 75 parking spaces, the store offers around 1,500 product lines, including fresh produce at everyday low prices and a wide range of weekly ‘Specialbuys’.
The ‘Specialbuys’ occur every Thursday and Sunday, and range from sportswear to electrical items, at big discounts.
Mr Graham said: “The team and I were pleased to open the store this morning, and it was great to meet our new customers.
“We’d like to thank St Benedict’s Hospice for their support during the opening, and we hope our donation adds to the great fundraising the charity does in the local area.”
The store, located on Knollside Close, Sunderland, SR3 2UD, is open 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.