Asda to open new branch

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Supermarket giant Asda has promised new jobs for local people after announcing plans to open a new branch in Soham.

The supermarket operator is set to take over the 7,000 sq ft Budgens store in Clay Street.

A statement from Asda said that, while no precise date had been confirmed for the store opening, the premises would become an Asda store “in the very near future”.

The statement said: “Asda have aspired to operate in Soham for some time and contracts have now been exchanged for this to progress.”

Philip Bartram, senior property communications manager for Asda, said: “We are delighted to be on the verge of coming to Soham, with the potential to bring the renowned Asda offer to the town’s shoppers while securing and creating local jobs.

“James Graven’s Budgens has served the community well for many years, but this deal suits both parties at this time and it is our intention to further build on the crucial role the store in Clay Street plays in the local community.”

All current employees at Budgens, owned by the James Graven Group, will transfer to the new store along with the creation of additional jobs.

Jonathan James, of the James Graven Group, said: “I am very grateful to our customers for the support we have been given since we opened in 2003. The need for a major supermarket operator in Soham has been talked about for some time locally so the decision to let Asda operate our town store will be the start of a new era.”

A spokeswoman for Harrier Developments said no decision had yet been made as to which supermarket would take over the 41,000 sq ft store planned for Soham’s Kingfisher Centre north of the town.