New £7m Skelton Asda store to open this summer
UK: New £7m Skelton Asda store to open this summer
Asda will open its controversial multi-million-pound store in East Cleveland this summer, the retail giant has confirmed.
The retailer is creating more than 150 new jobs at the £7m 25,000 square foot supermarket in Skelton.
The supermarket is to open at 10am on Monday, June 10.
Plans to build the store were approved by Redcar and Cleveland Council in September 2011.
A meeting at Belmont House, Guisborough, heard the authority had received 171 letters – as well as a petition signed by 514 people – against the proposed store.
There had also been 106 letters and a petition signed by 944 people in support.
Supermarket rival the Co-operative then announced that it was seeking a judicial review into the planning consent granted to the development.
The Co-op, which has a store in the village, submitted papers – but refused to say why it had launched the legal challenge.
But the bid was later thrown out at the High Court as the Co-op was told its action was “totally without merit”.
As described above, the plans for the new store split local residents – with hundreds opposed but others demonstrating at the site in favour of the scheme.
Goods at the new store will include fresh, frozen and local produce, an in-store bakery and a fresh pizza counter, as well as Asda’s range of own label brands.
Asda’s clothing brand, George, will have its own 4,000 square foot department in store.
The store will also have a cafe, an unmanned petrol station – like the Portrack Lane store – home shopping services and a 300-space car park for customers.
Asda’s new Click and Collect service will also be available.
Store manager Neil Cameron said: “We’re feeling very positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and are all excited to be linking up with our new colleagues.
“We think customers are going to be delighted with the new store.
“We hope they will be bowled over by the range and can expect the same great value and savings as they find in our larger stores.
“We are all champing at the bit to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door.
“Local residents can also look forward to the launch of our Skelton Community Life initiative, which we’ll be announcing in the very near future.”