Readers have queried the need for a new Aldi in Romford after the opening date for an upcoming store was revealed. 

The new Rom Valley Way store, which is replacing the old Mothercare World, is due to launch on November 17

Boxing gold medallist Luke Campbell is to make an appearance on the day, cutting the ribbon and handing out bags of fresh fruit and vegetables to the first 30 customers. 

But after the date was announced, many readers responded with doubts about what they see as one supermarket too many. 

Ron Shipton commented on Facebook: “Why, why, why does Romford need another supermarket? When are people going to realise our convenience lifestyles are simply unsustainable...demand will soon outstrip supply.” 

A couple of people specifically questioned the need for an Aldi. 

Sarah Thomas was one of those to say “we need a Morrisons round here”, with Jenny Woodford concurring: “It should have been a Morrisons.” 

The issue of travelling in and out of the area was also raised by several people. 

“Good luck with that,” said John Hercock. “Just looking at the road network in/out.” 

Derek Wright was another with transport concerns, commenting: “This store is fine if you have a car etc. but what about public transport customers? The nearest bus stop is Queens Hospital or Roneo Corner. Very bad planning I think as we are trying to get people to use public transport.” 

Announcing the news, store manager Ana Maniakina said: “We can’t wait to open the doors to the new store in Romford. It’s set to be a special day and having Olympic hero Luke Campbell join us will make it a morning to remember.”  

Mr Campbell added: “I’m so excited to be opening Aldi’s new store; it will be great to chat to customers and a lovely way for me to thank Aldi for its support of Team GB.” 

The launch of the new store will begin at 8am on November 17.

Its opening hours will be from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.