Asda, the UK’s lowest-priced supermarket, has today announced plans to invest £20 million in a new supermarket in Greenock. If approved the plans would bring hundreds of new employment opportunities to the town and provide more consumer choice, quality produce and Asda’s famous low prices to the people of Greenock.
The planned supermarket, which would be located between Campbell Street, Union Street and Brougham Street, would deliver:
- A new Asda store with a sales area of approximately 35,000 sq ft (slightly larger than half the size of Asda’s Linwood store)
- An investment of £20 million into the local economy
- The regeneration and improved appearance of the existing site
- Asda’s range of quality products at affordable prices, with an emphasis on use of local suppliers where possible
- Greater competition and choice for shoppers
- Approximately 300 new jobs in the town, with a mixture of full and part-time positions, enabling colleagues to balance their work and family commitments
- Approximately 200 additional jobs during the construction of the store
- Comprehensive parking provision through a multi-level scheme, incorporating high quality design
- Traffic infrastructure improvements
The sale of the site by Clydeport to Asda will also facilitate investment in the cruise liner facility, improving the attractiveness of Greenock as a location for cruise stopovers and provide a considerable boost to the local economy.
Lisa Rooke, Asda’s Property Communications Manager for Scotland, said:
“We are pleased to be launching our proposals for a new store inGreenockand are keen to hear what the local community thinks of our plans. Our proposals would enable us to make a significant investment in the town, regenerating a largely redundant site, and generating up to 300 new jobs for local people.
“We believe that the new store can provide consumers with an improved choice on where to carry out their supermarket shopping, as well as bringing Asda’s quality products and famous low prices to the area.
“We are looking forward to consulting and working with the local community as our proposals progress and will be undertaking a programme of community engagement in the coming weeks.”
Asda is writing to and meeting with residents closest to the proposed store and additional key stakeholders with information on the plans. A Proposal of Application Notice will subsequently be submitted by Asda to Inverclyde Council to notify it of their intention to submit a planning application for the site. This will be followed by a period of community engagement prior to submitting a planning application later in the year.
Notes to Editors:
- In 2012, Asda was named as the UK’s lowest priced supermarket for the 15th year running by the industry’s Grocer Magazine.
- Indicative image of how the store may look available on request