New Asda store plans

Netto, off Vicarage Lane in Marton

Netto, off Vicarage Lane in Marton

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BLACKPOOL is set to get a second Asda store.

The retail giant, which already has a superstore in Cherry Tree Road, Marton, has applied for planning permission to rebrand the Netto store on Welbeck Avenue, off Vicarage Lane, also in Marton.

The £500,000 refit is part of a programme of rebranding being carried out by the retail giant since it took over the Netto chain in May 2010.

It is also expected to double the number of jobs at the store which took 20 workers on when it opened in 2008. Existing staff will be retained.

An Asda spokesman said: “Despite being a small Asda supermarket we think customers are going to be delighted with the new store.

“We hope they will be bowled over by the range and there will be no price premium for anything we sell.”

The company hopes to rebrand the store before the end of the year. Conversions generally take about two weeks to complete.

Asda bought 193 Netto stores in a deal worth £778m.

It will be the third time in recent years the store on Welbeck Avenue has been given a makeover. Netto took the unit over after the previous operator Kwik Save went into administration.

Asda, which also has a superstore in Fleetwood, also wants to install a cash machine and a new refrigeration plant as part of the scheme.

On average the new stores, part of Asda’s local range, stock more than 10,000 grocery products – four times more than the Netto shops they replace.