Netto to become Asda

Photo Neil Cross'Leyland Heritage Trail'Netto
Photo Neil Cross'Leyland Heritage Trail'Netto
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A Leyland supermarket will re-open under a new name next month.

The Netto store on Towngate will be an Asda store from September 20.

The branch had a planning application for new signs approved earlier this month, paving the way for the store’s rebranding to get underway.

Some residents had raised concerns about traffic volumes around Towngate and over-provision of large supermarkets in Leyland when the plans were first mooted last year.

However, others have welcomed the news of the takeover, saying it will encourage more people to shop locally.

Leyland Central Coun Caleb Tomlinson said: “I think anything that will add to the regeneration of Leyland is a good thing.

“If it’s going to be a proper Asda, it will help bring money into the town and that is what we want.”

Sue Heath of Derbyshire Booth financial advisers, based a few doors away from the new Asda, wrote to South Ribble Council in support of the new store.

She said: “We can’t wait for the proposed Asda to open.

“It is a hugely positive step for Leyland town centre.

“It will improve the locality enormously both cosmetically and in terms of bringing in more much needed shoppers to the area.”

Asda said the Netto takeover was one of the biggest conversion programmes in retail history.

It already has superstores in Fulwood in Preston, Clayton Green, near Chorley, and Blackburn.

The supermarket giant agreed to buy most of the stores owned by the discount chain Netto earlier this year.

Other shops in the county to be taken over are stores in Morecambe, which will open its doors as an Asda on the same day, following in the footsteps of the Chorley store the day before.