THE Aldi store in Tranent is currently closed – and customers will notice a difference when they re-enter to do their weekly shop.

The store on Haddington Road closed at 8pm on Saturday and will remain closed until 8am on Thursday as it undergoes a significant refurbishment, dubbed the ‘project fresh’ refurb.

Changes will only be made to the store building; the 119-space car park will remain untouched.

Among the changes, aisles will be widened and products moved to new places, with the new format aimed at making shopping easier for customers.

Alongside this, additional fridges will be installed and the store will have increased space dedicated to items such as fresh Scottish meat and fish, health and beauty products, and alcohol.

Aldi’s Specialbuys will also be featured in the new store, with opening week offers consisting of baking essentials.

There will also be a new and improved Food to Go section placed near the store’s entrance.

The transformation is part of Aldi’s £300million investment into improving its stores and services across the UK, and is based on feedback from more than 50,000 customers.

Currently 26 staff work at the store and the refurbishment will create more jobs.

An Aldi spokesperson said: “We closed our Tranent store on September 19 to carry out refurbishment works.

“When we reopen on September 24, the store will be in our new layout, which ensures more space for fresh, chilled and food-to-go ranges as well as simpler layouts and brighter, wider aisles.

“We will keep the community updated on developments.”

They added: “Aldi is committed to bringing shoppers high-quality, local produce; the new-look store proudly stocks over 450 Scottish products from over 90 suppliers across the country. Customers can shop some of the finest food and drink Scotland has to offer.

“The format has been created to make shopping easier for Tranent customers and the store will now have wider aisles and clearer signs to make shopping effortless.

“Fresh bread and cakes have been moved to the last aisle, preventing them getting squashed under customers’ shopping and the store will now offer new, easy-to-browse freezers.”

Scott Woodburn, store manager, said: “The store is looking fantastic and we can’t wait to welcome our loyal customers back so they can see it for themselves.

“We’re committed to making sure that the shopping experience each customer enjoys in our stores is on a par with the products and services they’re used to.

“Customers will notice a few small changes throughout the store to align with social distancing guidelines, ensuring we keep our community safe, and we thank you for the co-operation in ensuring the safety of both our colleagues and customers.”

Leaflets depicting the layout of the new store will be available at the tills for those who wish to pick one up.