Shoppers queued from 4am for the grand opening of Iceland's new Food Warehouse store in Hemel Hempstead, which welcomed customers for the first time yesterday.

103 customers waited outside in the early hours to be the first into the highly-anticipated London Road Retail Park supermarket, and get their hands on £1,000 worth of store vouchers.

Those weren't the only prizes given out, with the first 200 shoppers through the checkout getting a free 1.2kg tub of Jelly Beans.

Every customer who joined the queue before 7.45am on Tuesday morning received a free raffle ticket which saw two winners take home a Salter NutriPro, two more receive a Tower Air Fryer and an additional three customers win a JML hamper.

Herts Advertiser: Shoppers queuing for The Food Warehouse.Shoppers queuing for The Food Warehouse. (Image: David Poultney)

"We’re so pleased to welcome Hemel Hempstead shoppers to our brand new The Food Warehouse store," said store manager Daryl Cruickshank.

"Everyone was so excited for the grand opening – people were even in the queue from 4am in the morning. If you haven’t been down yet, make sure to check out our brand-new store and get your hands on some unmissable bargains."

Kristian Barrett, group retail director at Iceland Foods, added: "We’re thrilled to have opened our new Hemel Hempstead store, ensuring even more local residents can get their hands on market-leading deals, alongside a brilliant range of frozen, grocery and fresh foods."

Herts Advertiser: Daryl Cruickshank, store manager at Hemel Hempstead The Food Warehouse.Daryl Cruickshank, store manager at Hemel Hempstead The Food Warehouse. (Image: David Poultney)

Herts Advertiser: Trolley dash winner, Jemma Maloney.Trolley dash winner, Jemma Maloney. (Image: David Poultney)

Herts Advertiser: Voucher winner Nicole Aston.Voucher winner Nicole Aston. (Image: David Poultney)

Herts Advertiser: Raffle winner, Kimberly Tyler.Raffle winner, Kimberly Tyler. (Image: David Poultney)

Herts Advertiser: The ribbon is cut to open the new Food Warehouse store.The ribbon is cut to open the new Food Warehouse store. (Image: David Poultney)