BUDGET supermarket Aldi will soon open their Whitchurch store, two-months later than planned.

The store was due to open on April 2, with former Team GB Olympic gold-medallist winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell cutting the ribbon.

But the opening was delayed indefinitely as COVID-19 fears began to take hold, with the German supermarket giant opting to focus on their existing stores to alleviate the effects of panic buying.

At the time, an Aldi spokesperson said: “In light of the current unprecedented demand, we have made the decision to postpone the opening of the Whitchurch store, to enable us to focus our efforts on serving our existing stores during this challenging time."

But in recent days a banner has appeared outside the store, revealing a new opening date, and a spokesman for the supermarket confirmed an opening time of 8am on Thursday, June 4.

The new store will be run by store manager, Hayley Rogerson, along with a team of 34 colleagues from the area.

She said: “We’re looking forward to opening the new Aldi store here in Whitchurch and giving the local community access to the everyday essentials they need during this challenging time.

“It will be lovely to welcome local customers in to store to introduce them to Aldi’s everyday amazing products.”

Additionally, the new Aldi store is calling on local charities and the foodbank in Whitchurch to register with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to charitable organisations in the community.

Local charities that register will be able to collect surplus food and perishable products, such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods, up to five days a week.

Any charities in the area that would like to partner up with the new Aldi store should email aldi@neighbourly.com