Asda announces expansion plans

Asda, Glasshoughton
Asda, Glasshoughton

Supermarket giant Asda is to submit plans to extend its store in Glass Houghton.

Proposals to create a 20,000 sq ft mezzanine floor at the Leeds Road store will be handed to Wakefield Council planning bosses on Friday.

The scheme is expected to create more than 50 full and part-time vacancies at the supermarket.

Philip Bartram, Asda’s senior property communications manager, said: “We are delighted to submit our plans to extend our successful store. We have been looking to extend the store for a while. It trades very well and we want to provide the best choice for our customers.”

Asda bosses say they expect a decision on the plans by June.

Asda’s scheme comes just three weeks after Sainsbury’s submitted plans to turn the B&Q store in Glass Houghton into a supermarket.

Sainsbury’s proposalwould create around 400 jobs and bosses expect a decision on the plans in the spring.

Mr Bartram added: “We are aware of Sainsbury’s application but our plans have been submitted so we can offer our customers the best possible shopping experience.

“The mezzanine floor would include a new George clothing section and a music, video and games section.

“The proposed scheme has been designed to limit the disruption of the existing store operation.

“External works will be minimal, with new escape stairs proposed to the north and south elevations being the only external works.”

A consultation event on the plans will be held at the store today from 10am to 4pm.