Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

4. ASDA

Regional Operations Manager: Aubrey Swift

Employment: 4,900

Turnover: £550m (B.Telegraph est)

Pre-tax profit: n/a

Supermarket ASDA , which is owned by US retail giant Walmart, has been trading in Northern Ireland for the last seven years.

Since then it’s opened 17 stores across the country and has recently spent £1.3m remodelling its Bangor store and £40m on a new 44,000 square foot store in Portadown which opened in November, bring 450 jobs to the town.

Its distribution network is based in Larne, where it works in partnership with Wincanton,

The site covers more than 120,000 sq ft and in 2012, its fleet of delivery vehicles covered 1.5 million miles delivering four million cases of stock, both chilled and ambient.

The company said its relationships with local suppliers have gone from strength to strength in 2012 with the launch of the ‘Chosen by you – Northern Ireland’ range. It also opened a ‘Supplier Development Academy’ in February 2012, the first retail-led partnership of its kind.

In May 2012 Business In The Community named ASDA as Northern Irelands Responsible Company of the Year 2012, and also ‘Employer of Choice 2012, for demonstrating innovation & creativity in tackling some of biggest societal challenges and demonstrating effective leadership throughout the year.

In 2012 it launched a new-look commitment community engagement programme, ‘Community Life’ an exciting scheme which is changing how it interacts with the immediate community surrounding stores. Its Community Life champions supported a wide range of community fundraising schemes including raising over £40,000 for the NI Hospice and £29,000 for the Royal Victoria Hospital MRI scanner appeal.

Total headcount at the company has climbed by around 500, mostly as a result of the Portadown store opening, while wes estimate that turnover has increased by £40m.

Contact

Asda Antrim,

Junction One Retail Park,

BT41 4LL

Tel: 028 9448 5766

www.asda.com

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