Netto store to become Asda

Netto: This store on Towngate, Leyland, is set to become an Asda
Netto: This store on Towngate, Leyland, is set to become an Asda

The supermarket giant is close to finalising its takeover of 35 Netto branches in the North West, including stores in Leyland, Chorley and Morecambe.

Asda currently has 383 stores across the country, including superstores in Fulwood in Preston and in Clayton Green, near Chorley.

Judith McKenna, Asda’s chief financial officer, said: “Today is another key day in our plan to bring Asda to more customers in many new communities across the North West and in Wales.

“We’re delighted that we’re one step closer to welcoming hundreds of local Netto colleagues into Asda and look forward to welcoming many more.”

The plans will see the Leyland Netto on Towngate, the Chorley Netto on Dacca Street, and the Morecambe Netto on Lancaster Road converted into Asda stores in the autumn, if the proposed takeover deal is given final approval from the Office of Fair Trading.

The move is expected to create around 10 new jobs at each of the branches.

Asda had previously hinted at plans to take over the Leyland Netto store by submitting a planning application to South Ribble Council last year for a cash machine and refrigeration plant.

Some residents raised concerns that the town was already swamped with supermarkets, with a Tesco superstore and an Aldi on Towngate, mini Tesco Express on Leyland Lane, a Lidl on Churchill Way, an Iceland on Hough Lane and a Morrison’s on Olympian Way.

But Leyland Central Coun Caleb Tomlinson said he thought a new Asda would be a boost for the town.

He said: “I’m all for it.

“It will help with the regeneration of the town centre and it can only be a good thing.

“Instead of going to the Asda at Clayton Green, maybe people will come to the one in Leyland.

“Some people might be concerned it will add to the traffic but it’s already busy round there anyway.”