Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

December 14, 2005
New Asda Highbridge supermarket will create jobs boom in Burnham area

Asda is to open a huge new store in Highbridge

More than 100 jobs are to be created when a huge new Asda supermarket - twice the size of Burnham-On-Sea's existing Tesco store - opens in Highbridge.

Planning bosses have this week given outline planning permission to Asda to build a 40,000 square foot store in Springfield Road on the site of the old Woodberry Bros and Haines factory, pictured below.

The Weekly News reports that building of the store, homes and car park could begin as soon as Spring next year. It is expected that the store could then open in the autumn or early in 2007.

The scheme, being overseen by developer Derek Mead, also involves more than 70 houses and apartments being built alongside 400 parking spaces - but plans to build a restuarant and petrol station at the site have been shelved in order to free up more space for housing.

The opening of the Asda store could be great news for shoppers in the Burnham area with a price war certain to break out between it, Tesco and Somerfield.

The former Woodberry Bros and Haines site in Highbridge


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