Asda moving ahead with new store plan

A computer-generated image of how the new Asda development might look.
A computer-generated image of how the new Asda development might look.

SUPERMARKET chain Asda has confirmed that it is pushing ahead with ambitious proposals for a new store development near Monkstown.

The company gave an update on its plans after a Roads Service official suggested during a meeting with local councillors last week that the scheme may have been shelved.

Details of the proposed £25million development at the Monkstown Road/Doagh Road junction were first revealed in the Times in March this year.

The proposed new superstore, which could create up to 350 full and part-time jobs, would form part of a wider mixed-use development on the 14-acre site beside the former Nortel factory, including a call centre, industrial units and housing.

The retail giant confirmed this week that it is still working on a planning application for the new 40,000 sq/ft store, petrol filling station and 460-space car park at the site.

“We are continuing to develop our plans for a new store in Newtownabbey and we will be submitting a planning application to the Planning Service in the New Year,” a spokesman for the company told the Times.

“We have received a very positive response to our plans from the local community - who are keen to see more supermarket choice in the area.

“We are hopeful that the Planning Service will be able to process our application - as a major development - by the end of next year.”