SUPERMARKET chain Asda has confirmed that it hopes to open its new £25million superstore near Monkstown by 2015.
Plans for the new retail outlet on vacant land at the Doagh Road/Monkstown Road junction were unveiled in the Times last month. And this week Asda representatives met with local councillors to discuss plans for the 40,000 sq/ft store and filling station, which will form part of a wider mixed-use development at the 14-acre site.
At Monday night’s (April 16) Planning Committee meeting, officials from the supermarket chain outlined their plans for the ambitious project, which will include an overhaul of the road network around the site to ease traffic problems.
The proposed scheme will also include construction of a major housing development and other industrial or commercial units. However that part of the scheme will be taken forward by the site’s joint developer - revealed during the meeting as the Bank of Ireland.
Asda’s Head of Acquisitions, Colin Sangster, said the retailer could be “weeks away” from finalising and lodging a planning application.
He told councillors: “We could have the planning application lodged within three weeks and then the decision is in the hands of the Planning Service.
“It, however, has a chequered history of approving large scale developments, but the Minister has demonstrated his willingness to approve major plans within six months.
“Depending on when the plan is approved we would envisage a build time for a store of this size to be around nine months. But this is all dependent on the Planning Service.”
Mr Sangster added that the retailer has planned an opening date for 2015 for the new store.
Read the full story in this week’s Times...