New Derry supermarket to create 350 jobs

Published Friday, 21 December 2012
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Environment Minister Alex Attwood has given approval for a new Asda superstore in Londonderry.

New Derry supermarket to create 350 jobs
Planning application for the Asda superstore in Derry was approved. (© Getty)

The 40,000sq ft supermarket at Crescent Link Retail Park will create 350 new jobs and will be the result of a £30 million investment.

The city has one of Northern Ireland's highest rates of unemployment, and Asda said they will be targeting local job seekers and the long-term unemployed.

Asda's Colin Sangster said he hopes the store will stimulate economic growth in Derry.

"A new Asda store in the city will create and sustain hundreds of jobs, both directly and indirectly through our local network of suppliers," he said.

But the decision to approve planning for the superstore has sparked fears that it could have a negative effect on city centre trading.

Local trading representatives welcomed Mr Attwood's decision to reject other out of town superstore applications.

NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts and Derry Traders Forum Chairman Martin McCrossan said Minister Attwood had listened to their concerns about the city.

"If these out of town superstores had have been given planning permission then they would have closed even more city centre retailers, taken trade away and resulted in a net loss of jobs for the city.

"We are not anti multiple superstores - we are anti-out of town," they said.

"We want to see these stores in the City Centre where they will add to the retail offer of Derry."

The store will be the first Asda in Derry and when completed, almost 5,000 people across Northern Ireland will be employed by the supermarket.

There are currently 17 Asda stores in NI and they sell over 1,900 local products, including Tayto crisps and Cookstown sausages.

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5 Comments
Ben in Dublin wrote (616 days ago):
Everyone goes on about ASDA, i think its a con, its expensive. Not as cheap as they make out. I went once and will not bother again. No doubt this supermarket will kill off many local business in the area. Walmart are looking to open a store in Dublin, from what i read ASDA are under that American company. Ill stick with Tesco extra i shop in Dublin. So much more deals and i find cheaper than ASDA.
msw in Armagh wrote (618 days ago):
Tried the new asda in Portadown a few weeks ago and would not go back,despite what the ads say there prices are even higher than Tesco's,these people didnt want to know N.Ireland during the troubles and now come in to rob us.
Kieran Murphy in Dungiven wrote (618 days ago):
If ASDA was the only store at Cresent link the present excess may be enough but with all the other stores it really is one of the biggest factors to stop people shopping at any store there I do not know how Mr Sangster or Martin Mc Crossan can say its good for Derry and Jobs when all the Goods is shipped in from Belfast and employing a few managers and Shop Assistants to stack shelves and at the pay counters and all the big companies operate on the same basis and they define local as NI supplying goods to their main depot in Belfast and they distribute to their stores from there
Gerry in Belfast wrote (619 days ago):
Getting facts wrong - where the harm it that
mark in Derry wrote (620 days ago):
Another supermarket for the city.We are still waiting for the jobs promised by Ilex.Attwood is a joke minister.His interview on local radio was a disgrace.Got the road names wrong on two occassions.
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