Promise of 350 jobs from ASDA

PUBLISHED: 01:01 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

ASDA has revealed a proposed new store for Exmouth would provide up to 350 jobs for local people, boosting the local economy and helping Exmouth compete with surrounding towns. The new full and part-time jobs will include a wide range of roles, with excel

ASDA has revealed a proposed new store for Exmouth would provide up to 350 jobs for local people, boosting the local economy and helping Exmouth compete with surrounding towns.The new full and part-time jobs will include a wide range of roles, with excellent training opportunities available to all staff.These jobs would be created if ASDA and preferred developer ASM Properties receive permission to build the 40,000 sq foot store. The wider regeneration proposals include a new sports centre, swimming pool and community facilities on the site of the existing lorry park. The ASDA store would be built on the existing sports centre site. Also included in the proposals for that site are residential flats, retail units, a new library, and a transport ticket office.ASDA's Allison Darling said: "ASDA already employs more than 350 people in its Newton Abbot store and we are very keen to bring such opportunities to East Devon."We offer fair employment opportunities and good benefits including discount at ASDA stores, the option to join our share plan and a discretionary bonus scheme as well as access to discounted private medical cover and a pension scheme with ASDA contributions."As a partner of the Government's Local Employment Partnership scheme, ASDA encourages long-term unemployed people back into the labour market. It is one of the largest employers of over 50s in the UK and has no recruitment age limit. In Exmouth, ASDA would aim to set up a local employment partnership with Job Centre Plus. ASDA and ASM intend to submit a planning application for the scheme in the autumn. Before then, local people will be able to view the regeneration proposals as part of a detailed consultation programme. This will include a public exhibition to be held over several days in the town centre.Allison Darling said: "We understand people in the town are eager to see proposals including the suggested design and layout of the buildings. "The public exhibition will provide an opportunity for them to meet us and ask any questions they may have about these as well as the nature of the jobs we will be creating."The dates for the public exhibition will be confirmed in due course.

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