Retail giant says 200 full and part-time jobs would be created if plans are approved
Asda is to make a planning application for a new 25,000 sq.ft store in Barrhead which it says will bring 200 full and part-time jobs to the area.
Asda, a subsidiary of US retail giant Walmart, said following a successful tender process it will now be bringing forward a planning application for the council-owned site which borders Church Street, Main Street and the River Levern.
If the application is approved, Asda aims to set up a recruitment centre in Barrhead to target local jobseekers.
Lisa Rooke, Asda’s property communications manager for Scotland, said: “We are pleased to be announcing our proposals for a new store in Barrhead and 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 currently redundant site, and generating up to 200 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.”
Councillor Tony Buchanan, East Renfrewshire Council’s convener for regeneration and economic development, added: “I am delighted with today’s announcement that confirms the Asda plan to open a new supermarket in Barrhead.
“This signifies a £20 million investment in Barrhead, jobs for local people and significant improvements in town centre streetscape.
“This is excellent news for local people and particularly for young people seeking employment in the town.
“Over the next few years we can expect to see a real transformation in Barrhead town centre, with the £3.8 million extension to Barrhead Sports Centre already announced and a number of investments across the town.
“My colleagues and I look forward to working with Asda over the coming months and fully support their commitment to working closely with the local community and local businesses to make sure that their plans are well communicated and supported.”