Asda bosses to ask for views on store plans

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 27 November 2013 Updated: 29/11 10:35

BOSSES from a supermarket giant proposing to open a store in the town will be asking residents for their views.

A two-day consultation event at the Kingfisher Centre next week will see opinions sought on plans to site a 50,000 sq ft store on the current site of B&Q, which will be downsized to allow for the changes.

The proposals, which will be submitted to Redditch Borough Council following the event, could see 400 new jobs created and an array of 'state of the art' environmental features to ensure its sustainability.

The existing B&Q will decrease in size and changes will be made to the layout, displays and signage along with the creation of a new garden centre.

Philip Bartram, Asda senior property communications manager, said: "This is an exciting scheme for Redditch, set to improve the shopping offer in the area as well as both creating and safeguarding hundreds of local jobs.

"We believe there are many long term benefits associated with the scheme but we very much want to hear the views of the local community early on. This will help to inform how the plans progress.

"I would urge people to come along to the exhibition at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. This is potentially an important development for the town and it’s only right and proper that local residents fully understand what is being proposed and have the opportunity to pass comments onto the development team. We look forward to seeing many people over the two days."

The team will be in Evesham Square from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday, December 5, and Worcester Square from 10am to 4pm on Friday, December 6.

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