Great progress made at Westway supermarket

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PROGRESS on the new Asda supermarket at the Westway Retail Park has been remarkable over the last couple of weeks.

Much of the steelwork is now in place and the roof is on.

The company reports that work is on schedule to open the facility ahead of Christmas this year.

A spokeswoman said: “We look forward to opening the doors to our customers in Arbroath and providing access to our wide range of quality products at affordable prices.

“The long-awaited store will deliver a broad range of products and services that will suit every budget, helping to reduce the cost of everyday living for our customers.

“All our customers are different, which is why we offer a wide selection of own brand product ranges in addition to favourite household brands. The store will feature our award-winning George clothing range as well as a customer café. We will also offer a selection of fantastic local and regional products made by small, specialist food producers.”

She continued: “Earlier this year, we were proud to be named the UK’s lowest priced supermarket for the 14th consecutive year by The Grocer magazine as well as being voted Britain’s Favourite Supermarket, and we look forward to bringing this offer to shoppers in Arbroath.

“We are currently recruiting the management team for the store before we begin the recruitment process for store colleagues next month.

“Prior to the store opening we will be undertaking various events in the area and we look forward to playing a key role in the Arbroath community.”

Arbroath has campaigned for an Asda supermarket at Westway for over 10 years and two inquiries have been held which in the past have determined that the site was not suitable.

The main stumbling block was a Scottish Government edict that supermarkets should be built in town centres so as not to pull customers away from the main shopping area.

Indeed, the last time the company put forward an application to Angus Council it was passed, but it was subsequently called in by the Scottish government and the council’s decision was reversed following a public inquiry.

At the time many people felt aggrieved as nearby Dundee seemed to sprout supermarkets in peripheral areas and it appeared that a ‘Nelson’s eye’ approach was being made to the situation in the city.

Asda campaigned long and hard to have their store sited in Arbroath and at one stage were heavily involved in community events, providing sponsorship and assistance.

Asda promotional stalls were seen at local events and their hard work resulted in a strong local support for their applications.

However, at last they have succeeded and the community is looking forward to the new store opening in November.