ASDA’S new £40 million store will open in Portadown on Monday and the Portadown Times received a sneak preview on Thursday night.
The town’s ‘golden girl’ Dame Mary Peters will officially open the store, which encompasses 45,000 sq ft of retail space and parking for over 700 cars.
She will be joined by councillors and MLAs, new store manager Robert Ryans and Asda staff.
The morning’s entertainment will include local music groups, face painters and balloon modellers, food sampling, the Asda breakfast show and other fun activities.
The store, Asda’s 17th supermarket in Northern Ireland, has created 450 jobs for the local area. It offers a range of grocery, health and beauty and homewares, and will also stock the George clothing collection.
Other features include a café, McGee’s butchery concession and a petrol station.
A spokesperson for Asda said local drivers will be able to benefit from Asda’s new national price cap. She said, “Motorists will pay no more than 131.7 pence per litre for unleaded and 137.7 pence per litre for diesel, and they may even pay less than that if prices come down further.”
The store recently held a number of meetings with potential new suppliers from the Co Armagh area; it currently works with over 30 businesses from the area.
David Quigg, local buyer for Northern Ireland and Scotland, said, “Co Armagh has already proved a key region for our supply base, with local companies including Irwin’s Bakery, Tayto, Avondale Foods, Gilfresh Produce, Linwoods and William Sprott all having forged strong links with Asda since we arrived in 2005.
“In particular, we are interested in meeting smaller operators who may not have the capacity to supply all of our stores here, as Asda can facilitate those who may wish to start off supplying just a small group or even one store. The event was a great way to further our ambitions in this area and we were very encouraged by the drive, professionalism and high quality products showcased at this recent event.”