ASDA LODGES INVERNESS PLANS WITH THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL
Just weeks after announcing it had found a long awaited site in Inverness, ASDA has moved quickly to put forward proposals for a 45,000 sqft net superstore and petrol filling station at Slackbuie off the Southern Distributor Road.
The outline application – part of a wider vision for the area – also includes the provision of five smaller retail units.
A separate outline application has also been lodged by Glasgow based Elphinstone Developments to build a 100 bed hotel and a health centre on an adjacent site at Slackbuie.
The proposed new store will offer the full ASDA food ranges including bakery, butcher, delicatessen, takeaway and café.
Non-food ranges will include the hugely successful George clothing ranges for men, women and children as well as music, DVD and jewellery.
The store will also have a petrol filling station, bringing ASDA’s famously low fuel prices to Inverness and the wider area.
400 new jobs are in prospect – a mixture of full and part-time positions, the majority of which will go to people living in the area.
ASDA is proud to be regularly nominated as one of Britain’s Best Places To Work and last year was named Scotland’s Best Employer.
Describing the Inverness plans, Senior Development Surveyor Andy King said,“We have looked long and hard at sites for Inverness but this is in our opinion the best possible location.
We want to bring competition and choice to Highland shoppers.
ASDA’s low prices are recognized throughout the UK and proven by our winning The Grocer 33 award for the 9th successive year for the lowest weekly grocery shop.”
He added,“That’s not the whole story though. We have an exciting strategy for the North of Scotland.By developing a store format to suit smaller country towns such as the one we opened in Huntly in May, we now have plans to bring ASDA to Thurso, Tain and Banff for the convenience of many people and to help reduce the amount of traveling which people here take as a fact of life to do the weekly shop.”