Retailer Asda has welcomed the decision by Environment Minister Alex Attwood to approve the application for a 40,000 sq ft store at Crescent Link Retail Park in Derry.
The store, the first Asda store in the city, will create up to 350 new jobs.
Colin Sangster, Asda’s Head of Property Acquisitions in Northern Ireland, says the new Derry store will stimulate real economic growth in the area.
“We are delighted that the Environment Minister has listened to the people of Derry/Londonderry and approved our plans for Crescent Link. A new Asda store in the city will create and sustain hundreds of jobs, both directly and indirectly through our local network of suppliers,” he said.
“Our £30 million investment will finally bring great value, low prices and consumer choice to city residents. We see this as the smart choice for Derry/Londonderry and the start of our on-going investment in the city.”
A poll conducted in January 2012 by LucidTalk showed that 81 per cent of Derry residents supported Asda’s plans for a store at Crescent Link Retail Park.
Also, a recent DOE retail study showed that a significant proportion of shoppers surveyed at Asda’s Strabane store were from Derry.