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Asda reveals development of latest store in Co Antrim

By Margaret Canning

Supermarket giant Asda has announced it is planning to open its 18th store in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 250 jobs in Newtownabbey.

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The company, which is owned by US firm Walmart, has submitted notice of its intention to apply for a new 40,000 sq ft site on Doagh Road.

The location had been the site of collapsed telecoms giant Nortel, which closed down its operation in 2010.

The site would also include 450 car parking spaces, a petrol filling station and a site providing Asda's click and collect service.

It also plans a new roundabout at the junction of the Monkstown and Doagh roads.

Asda senior communications manager Alan Jones said: "We firmly believe there is genuine demand for a new, high-quality food store in the Newtownabbey area.

"If approved, the development will provide a significant boost to the local economy and create up to 250 new full and part-time jobs at the store.

"Our proposals would bring a fantastic offering to the people of Newtownabbey.

"This would include a large fresh food and produce department, the George clothing and home range, and the convenience of our click and collect service, all at Asda's famously low prices," he added.

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