Oct 19 2012 By Jackie Grant
Asda has been inundated with job-hunters looking for work at their new Dumfries store.And it looks like around 300 of the 400 jobs up for grabs will go to the long-term unemployed.
The latest plans for the £20million supermarket at Brasswell Park went on show at DG One yesterday.
Kathleen Hutchinson, acquisitions surveyor for Asda, told the Standard: "Our focus here will be to help the long-term unemployed back into work via Asdas local Employment Partnership Scheme.
"We wont take jobs away from other companies.
"There has been a lot of interest in jobs already and we will be working with the Jobcentre and employment agencies to fill the vacancies that the new store will create."
Edinburgh-based developer Macdonald Estates announced earlier this year that it would be applying for planning consent for a supermarket covering 40,000 square feet on the site on the outskirts of town, as well as workshop units for small and medium-sized businesses.
The company's chief executive Dan Macdonald said he was delighted that Asda has chosen to support this project.
A planning application is set to be submitted to the council early next year, which also includes a petrol station and parking for more than 400 cars.
A pub and restaurant could also be on the cards.
Locals were able to see a new artists impression of the proposed store yesterday.
Ms Hutchinson added: "This is one of the few regions in the country that isnt already represented by Asda. The nearest store to Dumfries is Carlisle.
"The purpose of this community engagement event is to find out how the public feel about a new store in the town and to show them our latest plans.We have worked very successfully with Macdonald Estates in the past, and this is another exciting project."