HUN­DREDS AP­PLY FOR ASDA JOBS

Store to em­ploy 300 peo­ple for its open­ing in July

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A LONG-awaited Asda su­per­mar­ket is on track to open in Hayes this sum­mer, cre­at­ing up to 300 jobs.

The 44,000 sq ft su­per­store is ex­pected to open in Millington Road in July, and will in­clude pizza and fish coun­ters, a cafe and a cloth­ing sec­tion.

Store manager Lee Randall said: “We’re feel­ing re­ally pos­i­tive about the num­ber of jobs be­ing cre­ated in Hayes as part of the store open­ing and the amount of in­ter­est we’ve had al­ready from po­ten­tial re­cruits is over­whelm­ing.

“We are all re­ally ex­cited to get the doors open and wel­come our new cus­tomers into our brand new store.”

Build­ing work be­gan in March last year and re­mains un­der way.

The plans for the store were first an­nounced in Jan­uary 2011, but Hilling­don Coun­cil re­fused per­mis­sion for the project in Novem­ber that year.

The coun­cil ar­gued that the site – once home to the West­land he­li­copter fac­tory – should be re­tained for industrial use, in ac­cor­dance with Greater Lon­don Author­ity guide­lines.

Asda ap­pealed and, af­ter a hard-fought public in­quiry, man­aged to over­turn the de­ci­sion.

Coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Mills, cabi­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity, com­merce and re­gen­er­a­tion, the store would pro­vide much-needed jobs for those living nearby.

He said: “This is ex­actly the kind of re­gen­er­a­tion that we have been sup­port­ing and wish to see more of, and ex­pect to see more of, through­out the bor­ough.

“It’s some­thing I think which is very ben­e­fi­cial to Hayes and, in par­tic­u­lar, it’s all part of the change that Hayes and West Dray­ton will be see­ing over the next few years be­fore Cross­rail opens.”

David Brough, chair­man of Hayes Town Part­ner­ship, added: “It pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal jobs for lo­cal peo­ple and I’m hop­ing that Hayes peo­ple get a good look in when it comes to jobs. I think a lot of peo­ple are go­ing to be re­ally de­lighted hav­ing a su­per­store close at hand, be­cause there’s noth­ing re­ally south of Hayes, so a lot of peo­ple have been ask­ing me for ages when it’s go­ing to open.”

A mix­ture of full-time and part-time jobs will be avail­able across all of the store’s de­part­ments.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to ap­ply, visit www. asda.jobs.

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