Asda’s delayed new Chorley store will open later this year.
Work on the 44,000 sq ft store - on the former QS Fashions site at the corner of Bolton Street, Pall Mall and Market Street - has now begun.
It will have a petrol filling station and 440-space car park.
Asda said the work will help to make the area more attractive and convenient to use, and benefit existing shops and services by strongly encouraging close links with the rest of Chorley town centre.
The store is set to create up to 400 local new jobs. Asda will work closely with Jobcentre Plus to target local job seekers, especially the long-term unemployed, when recruitment takes place about three months before the store opens.
Philip Bartram, Asda senior property communications manager, said: “We are very pleased to be commencing the works on site, after what we appreciate has been a delay for all parties involved.
“People in Chorley have been patient while certain aspects of the scheme have been finalised, not least the many hundreds of Asda supporters who have remained so vocal and passionate in favour of the plans throughout the planning process.
“As well as increasing choice and competition for local shoppers, this multi-million pound investment will deliver major regeneration to the Market Street area, along with the huge economic benefits of hundreds of salaries newly circulating in the area.
“Over ninety per cent of feedback from the local community has been supportive and we now very much look forward to finally bringing the scheme to fruition, and bringing Asda to Chorley later this year.”