A NEW supermarket will open its doors to customers in Westhoughton next month.

After much anticipation the Aldi store, which lies behind Westhoughton Town Hall, will open on Thursday, February 21.

Planning permission was granted for the work in 2016 and building work started last year.

Olympic bronze gymnast Kristian Thomas will cut the ribbon alongside pupils from Sacred Heart R.C. Primary School.

Aldi has previously stated the scheme will create 50 jobs that will be prioritised for people living in the local area.

Store manager Scott Highton said: “I can’t wait to finally open the doors to the Westhoughton store and meet our new customers.

"It is great that we can reach out to even more of Greater Manchester, making our award-winning products widely available."

High-bar hero Kristian added: “What a fantastic opportunity to be able to officially open Aldi’s new Westhoughton store.

"Aldi has given Team GB a wealth of support through our partnership so this is a lovely way for me to give back to them and the local community.”

The new store, which will have 1,254 sqm of retail space, joins five existing Aldi outlets in Bolton.

Products sold on site will include fresh meat, a ‘Food to Go’ section at the front of the store, and health and beauty products.

On the opening day the first 30 customers through the door will receive a free bag of fresh fruit and vegetables. The site was formerly home to Glebe Mill off Bolton Road.