Asda To Provide Employment Opportunities On Isle of Wight

Asda could create up to 450 jobs on the Isle of Wight with the opening of its first store on the island.
The supermarket chain has agreed to buy council-owned land at St George’s Way, on the outskirts of Newport, where it plans to build a 45,000 sq ft superstore with a café and petrol station and provide consumers with more choice in both food and non food .
Subject to planning permission, the retailer hopes to have the new store up and running by the end of 2012.
Asda said it expects to create up to 450 jobs for local residents and has also pledged to enter into a Local Employment Partnership working alongside Job Centre Plus to recruit staff.
The news comes has a welcome boost for the Isle of Wight which has suffered hundreds of job losses in recent months as part of £32m spending cuts.
Jonathan Refoy, head of property communications for Asda, said: “Asda is delighted to have been selected by the Isle of Wight Council to submit a planning application for the St George’s Way site in Newport.”
“Residents do not currently have the opportunity to shop in a local Asda store and we are looking forward to bringing Asda’s famous low prices, greater choice and more competition to the Island and boosting the local economy.”
“If approved, the store will also carry an Asda non food range including homewares, toys, electronics and George clothing. Our Isle of Wight customers will therefore benefit from the same ranges that they enjoy when they visit our mainland stores.”
Cllr George Brown, IW Council cabinet member, said: “Not only have we secured a very healthy capital receipt for the land, we have also attracted a quality national retailer that is prepared to invest heavily in the local economy.”
“As well as providing consumers with more choice, Asda’s arrival also has considerable potential to open up lucrative new markets for local suppliers and provide welcome and significant employment opportunities for the Island’s workforce.”