Shoppers must wrap up their shopping in 90 minutes – after parking cameras went in at a busy Aldi store. Posters had previously gone up at the Fenton store warning customers that a ‘new camera controlled car park management system’ was due to be implemented.
It stated that once signs went up detailing the hour-and-a-half maximum stay for Aldi customers then motorists would need to adhere to the restrictions. Now the signs have gone up in the car park of the Victoria Road branch.
The store is flanked by a bingo hall, a DIY shop, and a busy McDonald’s. It is also on arguably one of the city’s busiest roads.
It’s not the first Aldi to put restrictions in – with a camera snapping motorists as they enter the Leek store. In that branch shoppers must enter their registration details after paying for their shopping.
The notices are becoming common place across scores of supermarkets and smaller stores across North Staffordshire. In Milton for example there are restrictions on the busy car parks outside the Co-op and One Stop, off Millrise Road.
Meanwhile StokeonTrentLive reported just last month how Sainsbury’s has installed an ANPR camera at its Biddulph branch. Parking there remains free for three hours with the store saying it comes in to ensure spaces are available to customers.