The global pandemic has affected all of us in virtually every aspect of our lives. Even our daily tasks, such as grocery shopping has been affected by the need for retailers to limit the number of people in their stores which often leads to queues forming outside.
When the first lockdown happened in the summer, this wasn’t too difficult. Retailers realised., however, that in winter this would be a very different story and that to provide some weather protection to customers could mean the difference between people choosing to shop with them or go elsewhere.
One retailer that recognised this need was Aldi, and their solution was to install covered walkways at their stores. Following a tender process, Lockit-safe was successful in winning the contract to install bespoke covered walkways across 5 regions of the UK.
Each walkway was designed to fit the specific store layout.
Atherstone 15 Stores and 34 units installed
Goldthorpe 4 stores and 16 units installed
Sheppey 4 stores and 26 units installed
Scotland 8 stores and 43 units installed
Swindon 8 stores and 40 units installed
A large project delivered in a very tight timescale
This project was time-sensitive, with Aldi wanting to get the walkways installed as soon as possible before the winter weather really kicked in.
From the initial enquiry to us in mid-October, we completed the installations of 159 units across 39 stores in just 10 weeks. We did this whilst maintaining COVID-secure working practices and ensuring there was minimum disruption to stores in what is their busy pre-Christmas period.
With groundworks needed and the position of the walkways often near to disabled and parent/child parking bays and trolley storage areas, we had to ensure that these areas were kept clear and accessible at all times during the installations.
The installations went so smoothly that we are now in discussions to provide covered walkways to more stores in 2021.
Andy Doyle, Property Director, at ALDI Bathgate commented on the project,
“Thanks to you and your team, please pass on our huge thanks to them all, a great effort!”