GRAND DAY: Pam Jones lined up in the freezing cold with hundreds of others in anticipation of the grand opening of Stanthorpe's Aldi store.
GRAND DAY: Pam Jones lined up in the freezing cold with hundreds of others in anticipation of the grand opening of Stanthorpe's Aldi store. Alex Nolan

GALLERY: Aldi opens early for Stanthorpe shoppers

WHEN the doors opened on Aldi's Stanthorpe store at 8am yesterday, hundreds of people streamed through the entrance to scoop an early bargain.

Due to open at 8.30am, management decided it was far too cold for those who braved a frosty winter morning and opened the doors half an hour earlier.

Britannia St resident Pam Jones was one of the first people eagerly anticipating the store's opening.

Mrs Jones often travels to Aldi in Warwick to do her weekly grocery shop and said she was happy she wouldn't have to make the trek any longer.

"You can damn well bet I was excited. They have all the pickings," she said.

"I was disappointed it didn't open earlier. I have just bought a drier and paid twice the price of what they're on sale for today."

Mother Sarah Fleming said she was also looking forward to being able to shop closer to home.

"We used to travel to Warwick once a fortnight. This will make things easier," she said.

The Aldi Stanthorpe team will be led by store manager Russell Bolton, who recently moved to Stanthorpe.

Russell is originally from Jindabyne in NSW and is very excited about bringing Aldi to Stanthorpe.

An Aldi spokeswoman said their vision was to enable Australian shoppers to live richer lives for less.

"We are eager to bring the Aldi difference to more Australians and, as such, regional stores are a very important part of our business," she said.

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