Aldi removes popular items from stores and apologises to shoppers

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Aldi is known and loved for its middle aisle – the place where shoppers can pick up anything and everything from bargain highchairs and board games to garden furniture and pizza ovens.

Now, however, the budget store has had to make a change to the way customers can shop for its Special Buys items.

As a result of the coronavirus situation, some items will now not be available in store as previously planned.

This news comes as large numbers of people queued around the car park at Aldi in Maypole on the morning of Good Friday in a bid to pick up their Easter groceries.

Good Friday morning shoppers queuing at Aldi Maypole

According to the ECHO, a message found on Aldi’s Baby and Toddler event page, says: “Unfortunately, you won’t find many of our Baby & Toddler Specialbuys in store on Monday April 13th as planned.

“However, you can still shop the full range below and have them delivered straight to your door.”

Special Buys are usually released on a Thursday and Sunday with each range available online up to a week in advance of them arriving in stores.

The change has been brought as Aldi is trying its best to protect staff and customers as they shop.

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And it’s not just baby and toddler items that are being affected. A message on Aldi’s Special Buys homepage also says: “You may have noticed that not all our advertised Specialbuys have been available to purchase in store due to current events.

“We’re pleased to be able to tell you that many of these are still available to purchase online, while stocks last.”

Due to “unprecedented demand” Aldi has made some changes to online orders. Delivery time frames are now extended for all deliveries to three to 10 working days.

Aldi has implemented social distancing markers on the floor, clear plastic screens at checkouts and a queuing system outside stores to limit the number of shoppers entering at any one time.

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From Monday April 13, all remaining product restrictions will be removed at Aldi as supplies are now being maintained.

Contactless card limit payments have been increased to £45 so that more customers can use this payment method.

In addition to this, customers are encouraged to shop alone, where possible, and adhere to one person per trolley. Parents are allowed to take children if they have no alternative.

There are also sanitisation stations at the front of Aldi stores with wipes to disinfect baskets and trolleys.

Check the opening times for your local Aldi store here

Elderly or vulnerable customers are being offered e xclusive access to Aldi stores 30 minutes before normal opening times from Monday to Saturday.

And, fr om Tuesday April 14, Aldi is also extending its priority shopping time for emergency workers which will now include all groups entitled to a Blue Light card, such as social care workers, first responders and St John’s Ambulance staff.

These groups, alongside the NHS, Police and Fire Service, will be given exclusive access to stores 30 minutes before normal opening on Sundays. In addition, opening hours will be extended to 10pm for everyone from Monday to Saturday.

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