ASDA set to open in new-look shops centre

IT PROMISES it will be ‘saving you money every day’ and it is opening a store in Hailsham.

Rumours have been flying around the town about which food retailer would take the foodstore in the Quintins Shopping Centre redevelopment.

Now ASDA has been confirmed for the store given permission by Wealden District Council as part of an application to redevelop the Quintins southern car park and 2-4 North Street.

The plans also include flexible units on the North Street frontage, a new car park deck over the existing northern car park and associated works like pedestrian enhancements and landscaping.

The ASDA store is expected to create up to 150 new jobs for the area and is set to open in the autumn. ASDA’s nearest stores are in Eastbourne and Brighton and it is due to open in Hailsham in the autumn. It will have a sales area of 19,500 sq ft for food and non-food goods, including the George clothing range.

Oliver Jones, senior property communications manager for ASDA, said: “We are delighted to be coming to Hailsham and to be bringing this vacant store back to use. ASDA is committed to being at the heart of the communities it serves and we hope that the new jobs will be an important boost to the local economy.

“This store will have all our usual products, including our George clothing, all at our famous low prices. An exact opening date and more information about applying for jobs will follow soon.”

Both Aldi and Lidl have tried and failed to get a store in the town in the past.

New chairman of Hailsham Chamber of Commerce Anton Bree said it was ‘fantastic news for Hailsham’. Also a surveyor and commercial agent as managing director of Ross & Co Surveyors, he said there was a Co-op food store there until last year and Asda would ‘enhance’ Quintins.

He heard there could be a clothing element on the first floor.

“If that element is true it will be good for business as it is the one thing we lack in the town,” he said. “There have been all sorts of rumours flying around but when the chamber committee heard word it could be Asda they thought it was a very positive sign for the town.

“If it is the first Asda in Wealden then that is even better.”

Wealden District Council’s Kelvin Williams, Head of Planning and Building Control, said: “A tenant has been found for the Quintins Shopping Centre which will enable upgrade and improvement of the site. It will not result in further development on the Quintins car park, which was giving significant local concern. We welcome the progress made.”