MORE jobs will be brought into the Express area next month as a supermarket giant opens a new store.
Asda announced yesterday that 15 extra jobs will be created when the new supermarket opens for business on September 28.
But the supermarket will be based on the site of the former Co-operative store, Barnsley Road, Moorthorpe - not the current Netto supermarket as previously believed.
The supermarket giant bought out Netto stores in May 2010. Netto had already acquired the Co-op site, which is opposite the Netto store on Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, but never converted it.
Asda currently use the site as a training centre for staff but decided to use it as its new supermarket rather than the current Netto building, which is smaller.
The new jobs will be in addition to the relocation of jobs from the current Netto store.
The current Netto store will cease trading on September 30, and there are no plans for the building.
The announcement has been welcomed by district councillor Wilf Benson, who represents South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe.
He said: “The extra jobs are great news for the area, and the shop itself will also encourage people to come here, help build trade for the market and hopefully give local shops a boost.”
And local shopkeeper Stephen Vodden, 50, who has run his family butchers, S & T Vodden, for 26 years next to the new supermarket site, thinks the opening will be boost trade.
He said: “We need it to open to bring more trade into the area. I am not worried that people will choose to get their meat from the new store as I offer a more personal service to my customers and they know they can expect quality meat from me.”
Stuart Berry, 42, the owner of Orange Grove fruit shop on Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, does not think the shop will have any effect on his business.
He said: “There has always been several supermarkets in the town so changing it over to Asda will not have much of change on trade.”
But Zafer Tuysuz, 45, who runs the household goods store on South Elmsall market, fears the store will ruin his business.
He said: “I have been here for 18 years and it is such a small town that I can’t take any more competition. I may have to close my stall if it goes that way.”