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Planned approved for Asda to extend Westwood superstore

How the Asda store will look after the expansion at Westwood

BELFAST City Council has approved Asda's plans to extend its Belfast Westwood superstore.

The plans will see the retailer extend its west Belfast outlet by 7,000 sq ft and allow it to stock a wider range of products.

Asda's plans also include external improvements, including new 'click and collect' parking bays – allowing you to simply order online and then pick up your shopping at a time that suits you - and new covered trolley bays.

Following a public exhibition in January around the proposals, 100 per cent of those who responded indicated support for the plans, which have now been approved at a meeting of Belfast City Council's planning committee.

Joe McDonald, Asda's NI senior manager of corporate affairs, said: “We are thrilled that the Council has approved our plans to extend Westwood.

“Our community consultation exercise showed overwhelming support amongst local people for our plans. We are excited to be able to deliver this major investment in our store.

“Our £2.5m store extension comes alongside other high-profile investments nearby, including Translink's Glider bus service and a new Andersonstown leisure centre. Added together, these investments demonstrate a hugely optimistic outlook for west Belfast."

He added: “We would like to thank the community in west Belfast for their support throughout the application process. We now look forward to doing the work required to extend and improve their local store.”

The plans will deliver the amalgamation of the existing 42,000 sq ft Westwood superstore store and add an adjacent 7,000 sq ft retail unit.

Asda, which employs close to 4,000 staff in Northern Ireland, sources around £300m worth of goods every year from more than 100 suppliers across Ireland.

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