Hundreds queue outside new Aldi in Walkden to get their hands on giveaways

The Bolton News: People queuing outside the new Aldi in Walkden People queuing outside the new Aldi in Walkden

A NEW Aldi store in Walkden rewarded its first customer with a £200 hamper — after he waited in wet, wintry weather for 13 hours for the store to open.

Hundreds of people queued outside the supermarket, which opened on the Ellesmere Retail Park in High Street yesterday at 8am.

The German supermarket giant had vowed to hand out golden envelopes with prize details to the first 100 customers — as it did when the new Prestwich store was opened earlier this month.

The hordes of keen shoppers mostly arrived after 5am, but the leaders of the queue had gone to even greater trouble.

Mark Graham, aged 42, from Whitefield, got to the store armed only with a camping chair at 7.30 the previous evening.

As the first customer, he won the £200 hamper and he said his wife urged him to go after he missed out on the Prestwich store opening on February 6.

“It was okay until about one o’clock when the rain came down,” said Mr Graham. “This shelter drips and no matter where you went, you got wet.

“I saw they were doing the envelopes again and the wife just looked at me and said ‘you are going to that’.”

Just behind Mr Graham was Walkden mum Collette Jenkinson, who brought with her daughters Nevinson Burns, aged 42, and Leigh Burns, aged 37, as well as sleeping bags and hot chocolate.

The trio were rewarded with an HD Camcorder and two DVD players after joining Mr Graham at 8.30pm.

Ms Jenkinson, aged 62, said: “It’s a fantastic idea — you wouldn’t see Tesco doing this.

“We were wondering how many would come and thought it might just be us until about five this morning!”

Another hardy soul joined the queue at 4am, despite being five months pregnant.

Emma Hector, from Walkden, was given a DVD player after her four-hour wait and said: “I am very happy but also very cold. It would have been a bit nicer but for the rain.”

Behind Ms Hector was Martin Pithers, aged 51, who also queued at the Prestwich store, and now has two digital cameras, after scooping the same prize in Walkden yesterday.

Andrew Lowe, the delighted manager of the new store, said he did not expect quite so many shoppers to queue.

“I was handed the keys on Friday to an empty store and it has been a lot of hard work from myself and 23 staff members to get it ready for today,” he said.

“I knew it would be busy today but this is amazing.”

The store will open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

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12:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

brian jones says...

I hope they didn't overstay their welcome on the car park, or they've got an envelope of the not-so-welcome type winging its way to them shortly.
I hope they didn't overstay their welcome on the car park, or they've got an envelope of the not-so-welcome type winging its way to them shortly. brian jones
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12:52pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Janch1 says...

Queuing for hours outside a shop? What is wrong with these people? Obviously no jobs to go to then. It sounds like the waiting room on the Jeremy Kyle show. I wonder if there would have been the same size of queue had the "prizes" been jobs to the first 100 people at the store. Doubt it.
Queuing for hours outside a shop? What is wrong with these people? Obviously no jobs to go to then. It sounds like the waiting room on the Jeremy Kyle show. I wonder if there would have been the same size of queue had the "prizes" been jobs to the first 100 people at the store. Doubt it. Janch1
  • Score: -9

12:57pm Fri 28 Feb 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Janch 1,

Fantastic.
Janch 1, Fantastic. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: -6

3:17pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Devon-Leigh says...

How do you know, that there wasn't any people/ customers in that queue that worked. It was a great atmosphere, it was awesome that a child from the local school was able to open the new store with the manager. :)
How do you know, that there wasn't any people/ customers in that queue that worked. It was a great atmosphere, it was awesome that a child from the local school was able to open the new store with the manager. :) Devon-Leigh
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Fri 28 Feb 14

collettejenkinson71 says...

Most of the people in the queue worked Janch1 and cliff4treasurer. The man (Mark) who won, worked - although i'm not saying who or what for. A LOT!! of people that were there worked - BUT!!, because of the way the this stupid, nasty, pathetic, etc, goverment - IS!!, a LOT!! of people (maybe not you two) are struggling to make ends me, with low wages, etc. And the prizes Aldi gave out were very nice thank you. So maybe you two would like to apply for Jeremy Kyle, it certinley sounds like it. Oh and just incase you both would like to know.......I was number 2 the queue. So Thank You & Good Day too you both lmao :-)
Most of the people in the queue worked Janch1 and cliff4treasurer. The man (Mark) who won, worked - although i'm not saying who or what for. A LOT!! of people that were there worked - BUT!!, because of the way the this stupid, nasty, pathetic, etc, goverment - IS!!, a LOT!! of people (maybe not you two) are struggling to make ends me, with low wages, etc. And the prizes Aldi gave out were very nice thank you. So maybe you two would like to apply for Jeremy Kyle, it certinley sounds like it. Oh and just incase you both would like to know.......I was number 2 the queue. So Thank You & Good Day too you both lmao :-) collettejenkinson71
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Janch1 says...

collettejenkinson71 wrote:
Most of the people in the queue worked Janch1 and cliff4treasurer. The man (Mark) who won, worked - although i'm not saying who or what for. A LOT!! of people that were there worked - BUT!!, because of the way the this stupid, nasty, pathetic, etc, goverment - IS!!, a LOT!! of people (maybe not you two) are struggling to make ends me, with low wages, etc. And the prizes Aldi gave out were very nice thank you. So maybe you two would like to apply for Jeremy Kyle, it certinley sounds like it. Oh and just incase you both would like to know.......I was number 2 the queue. So Thank You & Good Day too you both lmao :-)
Calm down dear!
[quote][p][bold]collettejenkinson71[/bold] wrote: Most of the people in the queue worked Janch1 and cliff4treasurer. The man (Mark) who won, worked - although i'm not saying who or what for. A LOT!! of people that were there worked - BUT!!, because of the way the this stupid, nasty, pathetic, etc, goverment - IS!!, a LOT!! of people (maybe not you two) are struggling to make ends me, with low wages, etc. And the prizes Aldi gave out were very nice thank you. So maybe you two would like to apply for Jeremy Kyle, it certinley sounds like it. Oh and just incase you both would like to know.......I was number 2 the queue. So Thank You & Good Day too you both lmao :-)[/p][/quote]Calm down dear! Janch1
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7:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Graham71 says...

collettejenkinson71 wrote:
Most of the people in the queue worked Janch1 and cliff4treasurer. The man (Mark) who won, worked - although i'm not saying who or what for. A LOT!! of people that were there worked - BUT!!, because of the way the this stupid, nasty, pathetic, etc, goverment - IS!!, a LOT!! of people (maybe not you two) are struggling to make ends me, with low wages, etc. And the prizes Aldi gave out were very nice thank you. So maybe you two would like to apply for Jeremy Kyle, it certinley sounds like it. Oh and just incase you both would like to know.......I was number 2 the queue. So Thank You & Good Day too you both lmao :-)
Well Said Collette, A lovely evening spent with a great family.
[quote][p][bold]collettejenkinson71[/bold] wrote: Most of the people in the queue worked Janch1 and cliff4treasurer. The man (Mark) who won, worked - although i'm not saying who or what for. A LOT!! of people that were there worked - BUT!!, because of the way the this stupid, nasty, pathetic, etc, goverment - IS!!, a LOT!! of people (maybe not you two) are struggling to make ends me, with low wages, etc. And the prizes Aldi gave out were very nice thank you. So maybe you two would like to apply for Jeremy Kyle, it certinley sounds like it. Oh and just incase you both would like to know.......I was number 2 the queue. So Thank You & Good Day too you both lmao :-)[/p][/quote]Well Said Collette, A lovely evening spent with a great family. Graham71
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7:34pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Graham71 says...

Janch1 wrote:
Queuing for hours outside a shop? What is wrong with these people? Obviously no jobs to go to then. It sounds like the waiting room on the Jeremy Kyle show. I wonder if there would have been the same size of queue had the "prizes" been jobs to the first 100 people at the store. Doubt it.
Nothing wrong with these people, I do have a job, but fed up with being mugged off by the likes of you, and over priced supermarkets!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: Queuing for hours outside a shop? What is wrong with these people? Obviously no jobs to go to then. It sounds like the waiting room on the Jeremy Kyle show. I wonder if there would have been the same size of queue had the "prizes" been jobs to the first 100 people at the store. Doubt it.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with these people, I do have a job, but fed up with being mugged off by the likes of you, and over priced supermarkets!!!!! Graham71
  • Score: 1

5:06pm Sun 2 Mar 14

collettejenkinson71 says...

Graham71 wrote:
Janch1 wrote:
Queuing for hours outside a shop? What is wrong with these people? Obviously no jobs to go to then. It sounds like the waiting room on the Jeremy Kyle show. I wonder if there would have been the same size of queue had the "prizes" been jobs to the first 100 people at the store. Doubt it.
Nothing wrong with these people, I do have a job, but fed up with being mugged off by the likes of you, and over priced supermarkets!!!!!
And well said to you aswell Mark, and you were a lovely gentleman to my friend - plus it was nice meeting your wife and little son (lovely name lol). We had a really good laugh, and tried to keep the cold & rain off us. I hope you are enjoying your prize? lol. x x :-)
[quote][p][bold]Graham71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: Queuing for hours outside a shop? What is wrong with these people? Obviously no jobs to go to then. It sounds like the waiting room on the Jeremy Kyle show. I wonder if there would have been the same size of queue had the "prizes" been jobs to the first 100 people at the store. Doubt it.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with these people, I do have a job, but fed up with being mugged off by the likes of you, and over priced supermarkets!!!!![/p][/quote]And well said to you aswell Mark, and you were a lovely gentleman to my friend - plus it was nice meeting your wife and little son (lovely name lol). We had a really good laugh, and tried to keep the cold & rain off us. I hope you are enjoying your prize? lol. x x :-) collettejenkinson71
  • Score: 2

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