New Asda in final stages

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ARBROATH’S Asda store has received job applications 20 times the number it requires, weeks before construction is due to finish.

The new store in the Westway Retail Park is set to open next month.

It will employ 100 people but received 2,000 job applications.

Prospective employees are required to take part in ‘Asda Magic’ group selection sessions which aim to judge their potential through a series of in-store tasks.

Employees between the ages of 16 and 24 will be offered a range of City and Guilds apprenticeships, and a trial scheme in Forfar could see all employees receive this training.

This is part of Asda’s ongoing commitment to their host town’s economic revival, Councillor David Fairweather said: “I absolutely agree with Asda, I have said all along it would regenerate our town and our High Street.

“Not only will it attract visitors but it will also keep people in the town and we can already see that is starting to happen.”

Construction on the 36,000 square foot store has continued apace since work began a few months ago.

The exterior is complete, with the instantly recognisable green signs already up and the car park and landscaping well under way.

Local firm the Geddes Group has been involved in the landscaping effort, by hauling away tonnes of topsoil and rubble.

According to Asda, the project is entering its final stages with tradesmen finishing the interior, and the grand opening is set to take place some time in November.