Asda opening date revealed

A DATE has finally been set for the opening of Arbroath’s newest supermarket.

After months of construction work on the Westway Retail Park, Asda will open its doors to customers at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 14.

And the company is appealing for a local hero from the town to have the honour of officially opening the store as a VIP guest.

The person can be nominated by family, friends or work colleagues and it could be somebody who constantly makes life better for people in the Arbroath area, someone who goes that extra mile or a person renowned for their local charity work.

New store manager Robert Wallace said: “During our recruitment process, we have felt a strong community spirit and pride in the local area.

“Being new to Arbroath, we will work hard to be a good neighbour and we know that many of our customers are tireless in their efforts to support the area.

“That is why we want to celebrate their work and make sure that a real local hero opens the store.”

As previously reported in the Herald it is thought that job application for the new store flooded into the company with them receiving 2,000 applications for only 100 available jobs.

The outlet will carry a full range of products including George clothing and will have a car park with 209 spaces.

Asda also added there will be an in-store bakery, an express hot chicken counter and everything needed for a full weekly shop. Already the recognisable green signs are in place and the car park is almost complete. Inside the aisles are being installed as are the checkouts ready for the opening.

Anybody wanting to nominate a hero to open the store should write to Asda Arbroath Local Hero, 3rd Floor, 52 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6JX by Monday, November 7. Elsewhere on the Westway Retail Park, the units formerly occupied by Acorn Pets and Focus DIY remain empty.

It was thought the opening of the new Asda would stimulate interest in the vacant units but as yet, no announcements have been made.

It was suggested B&M Bargains was to move into the premises left empty by Focus and that the firm had even started a recruitment process to take on new staff. But despite asking Liverpool based B&M Bargains for confirmation on a new store at the Westway Retail Park, they had not responded by the time of going to press.