Asda’s Chorley store will happen

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ASDA today shot down fears that it is set to pull out of the town’s flagship redevelopment.

Officials from the supermarket chain pledged their commitment to the stalled project at the former QS site in Pall Mall.

Plans for Asda in Chorley

Plans for Asda in Chorley

The store was due to open in 2012 and create 400 new jobs.

However, a spokesman for the project told the Evening Post that it is “still on the cards” and the giant will open a store in Chorley.

It comes after representatives from Asda met with Chorley Council to discuss proposed changes to the construction of the 44,000sq ft store.

It is believed that the alterations will be to the exterior of the supermarket and will not effect the scale of the project.

A spokesman for Asda said: “We are still progressing with the development of the Asda store in Chorley. We know it has taken a long time, but it is still on the cards and we are progressing it with Chorley Council. The Asda superstore will open in Chorley.”

The spokesman said he was 
unable to give a timescale for the project, but it is understood that it could still be next year before construction finally starts.

Leader of Chorley Council Coun Alistair Bradley said: “We have been frustrated with the delays to the plans and we met with Asda in an attempt to move the scheme forward.

“We have been assured that it will go ahead and that the plans are back on track.”

The former QS site has already been cleared.

Malcolm Allen, chairman of the Chorley Traders’ Alliance said: “As town centre traders, we know that the Asda will impact on our businesses, but if it is going to happen then we want it to happen sooner rather than later to help the businesses at the bottom of Market Street who need action.

“There are retail units planned for the site and we hope that they will attract major chains who will bring more shoppers into Chorley town centre.”