SUPERMARKET giants Asda are set to arrive in Chorley earlier than expected.
The retailer has already got planning permission to create a 44,000 sq ft store on the site of the QS Fashions site at the top of Pall Mall.
Building work is expected to start soon with an opening pencilled in for 2012.
However Asda recently took over the chain of Netto stores, including the branch in Water Street.
Now an application been submitted to Chorley Council for an ATM, signage with Asda branding, refrigeration plant and enclosure.
If it gets the go-ahead it would mean there would be three Asda stores within a few miles of each as there is already a large superstore at Clayton-le-Woods.
Nigel West owns Marshall’s Florist, which faces the proposed Pall Mall development.
He thinks the multi-million scheme will improve that area of Pall Mall/Market Street but is worried by the overall number of supermarkets in Chorley and Leyland.
“Tesco has opened up in Buckshaw Village which adds to the big one in Chorley, another in Clayton-le-Woods, and two in Leyland,” he said.
“The customer may have a lot more choice but I think it could kill a lot of little small businesses.
“Retail has changed a lot over the past 20 years as you can now go to a supermarket or go to out of town centres and get free parking.
“The idea of having a high street shops is not going to happen anymore unless we have incentives to bring people to town.
“It is just like a missile. There is nothing we can do about it and they are coming here.”
The 44,000 sq ft store was approved by Chorley Council in October last year and it was claimed that it could open in early 2012.
A spokesman for Asda said: “We are looking forward to progressing our plans for a store in Market Street.
“The plans will help regenerate a disused and unsightly site in the town centre as well as creating significant employment opportunities for local people.”