At least 400 new jobs will be created when Asda opens a flagship store in Antrim, it was revealed today.
The £25m (€28m) development at the Junction One retail park will be the supermarket’s largest store in the North, and will offer food, household, fashion and electrical goods.
The news comes as a welcome boost after high street closures affecting Woolworths and Marks & Spencer, with other retailers suffering the effects of the spending slowdown.
Asda property communications manager Philip Bartram said: “Asda anticipates creating at least 400 new jobs as part of their plans for the £25m store and will work closely with local job agencies setting up a local employment partnership programme to target job seekers.”
Marks & Spencer plans to close its Simply Food store in Newtownards, with the loss of 37 jobs.
Woolworths’ 19 stores in the North have shut after the company called in administrators.
Earlier this week it was announced that more than 250 workers were to be made redundant at County Antrim engineering firm FG Wilson.
The redundancies are to be made across sites in Larne, Springvale and Monkstown.