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Aldi Fforestfach celebrates grand opening with help from paralympian

A brand-new Aldi store in Fforestfach opened its doors to customers this morning at 8am, with ParalympicsGB table tennis hero Paul Karabardak cutting the all-important red ribbon alongside pupils from Gwyrosydd Primary School.

The Parc Fforestfach store is the newest Aldi to open in and around Pontardulais and will be run by Store Manager Steve Carmody, along with a team of 30 colleagues from the local community. Applications and more information on all of Aldi’s store positions can be found here.

ParalympicsGB silver and bronze medallist Paul Karabardak gave away complimentary bags of fresh fruit and vegetables from Aldi’s famous Super 6 range to the first 30 customers in the queue, before delivering an inspirational assembly for pupils at Gwyrosydd Primary School as part of the supermarket’s initiative, Get Set to Eat Fresh – which has already inspired over two million school children aged 5-14 years to learn more about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food with their families.

To celebrate the official partnership between Aldi and ParalympicsGB, the silver and bronze medallist from Tokyo 2020 focused on the benefits of eating healthy food and the importance of exercise and believing in yourself. He also talked to pupils about his experience of competing as a Paralympian and shared his challenging training regime.

Aldi Fforestfach also offered pupils at Gwyrosydd Primary School the opportunity to win a £20 gift voucher to spend at the new store. The children were tasked with creating a poster to show what healthy eating means to them. Paul Karabardak announced the winner during the assembly and the pupil was presented with their £20 voucher.

Store Manager Steve Carmody said: “It’s been a wonderful morning here at the opening of Aldi Fforestfach. It was lovely to welcome our new customers into store, and I look forward to meeting more of the community in the coming weeks. I’m also thrilled that we’ve been able to support Gwyrosydd Primary School through our partnership with ParalympicsGB.”

ParalympicsGB star Paul Karabardak added: “I’ve had a fantastic time opening the new Aldi this morning. It was an honour to officially open the store and welcome customers inside for the first time.

“It was great to speak with the children at Gwyrosydd Primary School about the importance of eating healthily and how it can be fun to plan and prepare meals as a family. Hopefully I’ve also managed to inspire the pupils to keep active and try different sports.”

The new Aldi store offers large chillers and freezers dedicated to fresh, Welsh meat products, a ‘Food to Go’ section at the front of the store, and an exclusive section full of Health and Beauty products.

Fforestfach customers can also take a walk down the ‘Aisle of Aldi’, where they will find legendary Specialbuys which are available every Thursday and Sunday. During opening week,the store will be offering a range of toys, including XL Christmas Squishees for £19.99, Playmobil Play sets for £14.99 and Fisher Price toys for £19.99 each.

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

Local charities that register will be able to collect surplus food and perishable products, such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods, seven days a week. Any charities in the area that would like to partner up with the new Aldi store should email [email protected].