ASDA Livingston to become Scotland’s biggest supermarket and create 250 jobs

Yesterday [3 January] ASDA unveiled plans to build Scotland’s first ASDA Wal-Mart supercentre in Livingston this year. The news follows ASDA’s recent announcement that it will spend £70m building and renovating stores across Scotland this year and is part of a £450m UK-wide expansion programme for 2001 announced today.

With a total floorspace of 155,000 sq ft (sales space of 100,000 sq ft), more than double its current size, ASDA Livingston will be the biggest supermarket in Scotland.

The supercentre represents an investment of £30m and will bring 250 new jobs to the area. The new store will open in two stages: the first 50,000 sq ft will open on a site next to the existing store in November 2001; a further 50,000 sq ft, incorporating unique supercentre concepts, will be built on the site of the existing store and will open during 2002.

The supercentre will have eight new departments offering a range of 50,000 products including …

  • Branded sports equipment and clothing with savings of up to 40 per cent;

  • Extensive home and DIY departments offering great value ceramics and soft housewares;

  • An electrical department selling top-brand TVs, videos, stereos and DVD players, all with a free 3-year warranty, at bargain prices;

  • Optical and photo centres offering the high street range at a fraction of the price;

  • A bigger George clothing department with full George Babyshop;

  • A wide selection of locally-made products;

  • Fine wines, world foods and a bigger range of fresh foods.

“The new supercentre will combine the best of ASDA’s food retailing know-how and Wal-Mart’s world-leading general merchandise expertise.” said Andy Clarke, ASDA’s retail director, “Now Scottish shoppers will be able to enjoy the unique shopping concept that has proven such a hit with customers south of the border.”

Editors’ Notes
ASDA in Scotland

  • ASDA has been giving Scottish shoppers a great value weekly shop for 25 years and is one of Scotland’s biggest employers with over 12,000 colleagues working in 33 stores and its Grangemouth Distribution Centre. ASDA has 241 stores and employs over 105,000 colleagues UK-wide.

Scotland Investment 2001

  • The £70m investment (announced 23 Nov) will bring 550 jobs to Scotland in 2001 and will include:
    A new 35,000 sq ft, £25m store in Dumbarton creating 350 new jobs.
    A 14,000 sq ft., £5m extension, to the existing ASDA Dundee Milton store creating 50 new jobs.
    19 stores across Scotland will see £12m worth of modernisation, inside and out.

  • ASDA have stores in Aberdeen – Dyce; Aberdeen – Bridge of Dee; Aberdeen – Bridge of Don; Aberdeen – Portlethen; Ayr; Bearsden; Bishopbriggs; Blantyre; Chesser, Edinburgh; Clydebank; Coatbridge; Cumbernauld; Dundee – Kirkton; Dundee – Milton; Dunfermline; The Jewel, Edinburgh; Elgin; Falkirk; Govan; Irvine; Kilmarnock; Kirkcaldy; Linwood; Livingston; Maryhill; Motherwell; Newton Mearns; Parkhead Forge; Perth; Robroyston; St Leonards; Toryglen.

ASDA Wal-Mart supercentres

  • ASDA/Wal-Mart supercentres are located in …
    Patchway, Bristol (opened 24 July 2000)
    Minworth, Sutton Coldfield (opened 20 November)
    Havant, Hampshire (opening as a Supercentre later this month)

ASDA UK Expansion 2001

  • A £450 million investment programme will create 5000 new jobs and 600,000 sq ft increase in retail space. The activity during the year will include:
    13 new stores including 4 rebuilds or resites – new stores at Bodmin, Dumbarton, Hull, Cambridge, Hyde in Cheshire, Leyton, Sefton in Liverpool and Swindon (the first purpose built ASDA Wal-Mart supercentre) with resites or rebuilds at Cwmbran, Coventry, Peterlee and Livingston (set to become Scotland’s largest store and its first ASDA Wal-Mart supercentre);

  • Six major extensions to existing stores;

  • A new distribution depot at Bedford creating 600 jobs in an area recently hit by job losses in the car industry;

  • The renewal and refurbishment of 25 per cent of ASDA stores.