ASDA have announced plans to invest £20 million in a new supermarket in Greenock, creating 300 full and part-time jobs.
The 35,000 sq ft store would be located between Campbell Street, Union Street and Brougham Street on land owned by Clydeport.
The development would involve demolishing a building which contains Rileys Pool Club and the Priyas Palace restaurant and the old railway bridge into the Container Terminal
The store would be slightly larger than half the size of Asda’s Linwood store. The plans do not currently include a petrol station.
There would be around 200 additional jobs during the construction of the store.
Indicative image of the plan. It may be subject to changes after discussions with the local community and the local authority.
Parking provision would consist of a multi-level scheme and there would be traffic infrastructure improvements
The company also say that sale of the site by Clydeport to Asda would facilitate investment in the Ocean Terminal's cruise line facility, improving the attractiveness of Greenock as a location for cruise stopovers and provide a boost to the local economy.
Lisa Rooke, Asda’s Property Communications Manager for Scotland, said: “We are pleased to be launching our proposals for a new store in Greenock and are keen to hear what the local community thinks of our plans. Our proposals would enable us to make a significant investment in the town, regenerating a largely redundant site, and generating up to 300 new jobs for local people.
“We believe that the new store can provide consumers with an improved choice on where to carry out their supermarket shopping, as well as bringing Asda’s quality products and famous low prices to the area.
“We are looking forward to consulting and working with the local community as our proposals progress and will be undertaking a programme of community engagement in the coming weeks.”
Asda is writing to and meeting with residents closest to the proposed store and additional key stakeholders with information on the plans. A Proposal of Application Notice will subsequently be submitted by Asda to Inverclyde Council to notify it of their intention to submit a planning application for the site. This will be followed by a period of community engagement prior to submitting a planning application later in the year.