ASDA confirms interest in Derry site

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Supermarket giant ASDA has confirmed it has been looking at a site in Derry’s Waterside.

ASDA has confirmed that the location of the plot examined is in the Crescent Link area.

One possible location could be a major site off Crescent Link, which has previously been earmarked for a mixed use development, including a large superstore.

However the supermarket giant has not elaborated as to whether or not it plans to try to make a bid to try and secure the site it has looked at.

In a statement on Friday, a spokesperson for the company told the Journal: “ASDA is aware of a site at Crescent Link and considered it along with the wider area in general.”

He added: “While the retail market continues to face one of its most challenging periods ever, ASDA remain committed to considering all new opportunities where they reflect our ongoing strategy.”

The latest statement follows years of speculation over ASDA’s plans for a store in the city.

The large store in Strabane, which opened back in 2007, has proved to be a major draw for thousands of people from across Derry and Donegal.

On Wednesday past, Derry City & Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee approval a planning application from ASDA for a £750,000 petrol station next to its Strabane store.

Construction work on this project is expected to get under way next year.

ASDA bosses earlier this year meanwhile said that they were still keen on opening a store in Derry. The company said back in February that they were carrying out a review and looking at options to find “the best way to deliver an ASDA store in the city”.

ASDA has been linked to numerous sites across Derry in previous years, but no concrete development has ever materialised.