Belfast Telegraph

£40m Asda expansion to create 450 new jobs

By Margaret Canning

Supermarket giant Asda will bring 450 full and part-time jobs to Co Armagh when it opens its first store in the county, it has announced.

The company has started recruitment for the positions in the £40m Portadown store, which will open in November and will be its 17th in Northern Ireland.

Store manager Robert Ryans said: "This is the first Asda store to open in the Armagh area and we're delighted by the excitement and level of anticipation building in the local area.

"We've a great reputation as an employer and this is reflected in our colleagues who consistently receive amazing customer feedback for the high level of service they provide.

"It is also great to be able to offer the people of Portadown and beyond the chance to become part of our award-winning team and look forward to becoming a valued part of the local community."

The announcement was welcomed by Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry. "This is a substantial number of jobs being created by a international company and is excellent news for the local economy. Asda deserves praise for their commitment to not only create jobs but invest in staff too."