Asda - Crescent Link is our first priority

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Supermarket giant Asda say a store at the Crescent Link Retail Park in Derry is their” first priority” in the city -amid mounting speculation they are close to agreeing a deal to buy the disused Arntz factory site.

On Tuesday the supermarket giant declined to comment on the mounting speculation that a deal to purchase the former Arntz site is getting closer.

Such a move was hailed as “positive news for the city” by Sinn Fein councillor Maeve McLaughlin.

“This is a positive news story for Derry .Since the Arntz Belting factory closed Sinn Féin have campaigned for this site to be used for much needed job creation in the city .This is a massive strategic site with huge potential and is close to the Fort George lands which are a key part of the wider regeneration plans for Derry,” she said.

Asda say they will not comment on that potential move. But the retail giant has reiterated it’s commitment to Crescent Link, saying that remains its first priority in the city.

Philip Bartram, Asda’s Property Communications Manager, said that the proposed Crescent Link store would create up to 350 new full and part time jobs and the company’s plans would bring greater consumer choice to the city and had the potential to stimulate real economic growth in the area.

“Over the last few months, we have been working closely with the Planning Service to ensure that they have all the information they require to process the application,” says Philip Bartram, Asda’s Property Communications Manager

He says the Waterside store will create up to 350 new full and part time jobs and the company’s plans would bring greater consumer choice to the city and had the potential to stimulate real economic growth in the area.

“We have also worked closely with the community to find out what they think and we were delighted to see that in a recent poll conducted by Lucidtalk, 81% of local people supported Asda’s plans for a store at Crescent Link Retail Park.

“On the back of these findings and the work we have undertaken with stakeholders throughout Derry/Londonderry, we can confirm that our first priority is the Crescent Link Development and gaining a positive decision to allow us to bring jobs and consumer choice to the city is our sole focus at this time.” Mr Bartram added.