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Asda wants to open Redditch store creating up to 400 jobs
4:10pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
UP to 400 jobs are to be created in Redditch after B&Q and Asda struck a deal.
The two have announced a deal to convert B&Q’s existing home improvement store and garden centre at Jinnah Road, Smallwood, into a new format B&Q store and a new Asda Superstore. The proposed conversion of the B&Q store will create up to 400 local jobs.
B&Q has informed its store employees of its intention to reduce the size of its operation, creating a new format store with a gross area of approximately 41,000 sq ft together with new 19,000 sq ft garden centre.
B&Q is supportive of the proposed planning application by Asda and the jobs that it will create for the Redditch community. B&Q will remain open throughout the conversion works, ensuring continuity of service for its customers.
Heidi Reynolds, divisional director of South West, B&Q, said:“We want to offer our Redditch customers the best that we can in home improvement and the new size store will include new features and services that will not only inspire customers but will also help them to undertake their home improvement projects.
“This deal will enable us to continue to serve our Redditch customers to the highest possible standard and we are committed to working with ASDA to enhance the whole shopping experience on the site.”
ASDA has had initial contact with Redditch Council to discuss the pre-application process and is proposing a superstore with a sales area of approximately 50,000 sq ft, which is likely to provide up to 400 local job opportunities.
Dates for a public consultation exhibition on the emerging plans will be announced shortly and a planning application submitted following the consultation process.
Doug Wilson, Asda’s head of UK property communications, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring forward our proposal to open a new store in Redditch. I am sure that local people will welcome the new jobs the store will bring to the area and we look forward to consulting with the local community on the plans in the near future.”
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