Asda resurrects plans for new store

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SUPERMARKET giant Asda is set to demolish its Peterhead store, replacing it with an even bigger store and creating more than 30 new jobs.

The chain confirmed last week that it had resurrected plans, first approved by the local authority back in 2010, for the new store which will see the existing building on Longside Road on the outskirts of town demolished and a new store, almost double in size, erected in its place.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council gave the go-ahead for the move just over two years ago but just a few weeks later Asda announced that it had dropped the proposals in favour of the cheaper option of refurbishing the existing store.

Now, with planning permission for the original plans due to expire in the new year, the firm has tabled a new bid with the local authority seeking extra time to progress its plans.

The plans are expected to be unveiled to the public during a consultation exercise which will take place over the next few months.

A spokeswoman for the company said that the firm was currently in the process of confirming the position on public consultations and this will be advertised in due course.

She added that the plans submitted have been unchanged from the original format.

Asda recently announced it is to open a new outlet on Fraserburgh’s Watermill Road, which will include a filling station and cafe.

Work on the store is expected to get underway early in the New Year, creating around 200 jobs.