Aldi in Pitsea has closed its doors as refurbishment works get underway.

The store will be back open to the public on Thursday (August 5) at 8am.

Aldi says it will have a 'more customer-focused' layout allowing for the products customers know and love to be found more easily.

The transformation is part of Aldi’s £500m investment into further improving its stores and services across the UK.

The format has been created to make shopping easier for Pitsea customers and the store will now have more space and clearer signs.

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.

The store employs 35 people and the refurbishment will create an additional five job opportunities.

Aldi Store Manager Peter Dragomir 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”.

The store is located on Northlands Pavemen will be open from 8am to 8pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 9.30am to 4pm on Sundays.