RESIDENTS to be briefed on asda plans for drakehouse

Artists impression of the Asda at Drakehouse
Artists impression of the Asda at Drakehouse

A PUBLIC exhibition is to be held of Asda’s plans for a superstore at Drakehouse. The company says it has been looking at the possibility of a store in the area for some time and has now drawn up a scheme for the site of Home Decor premises off Beighton Road East and Waterthorpe Greenway, near Drakehouse Retail Park.

It includes a 45,000 sq ft sales area, a petrol station and a 390 space car park. Asda says 350 people would work there. Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said he currently had an open mind about the application and, in particular, he would want to assess the implications for Crystal Peaks and traffic. “I’ll be listening to local residents.”

Asda says the new store would bring “a range of notable long-term benefits to the local area, not least a substantial improvement in retail choice and competition”.

Property communications manager Philip Bartram said: “We are delighted to be proposing this major investment in south east Sheffield at a time when financial challenges are still biting hard. We believe that our scheme has the potential to bring a range of tangible benefits to the local community for many years to come and we are very keen to hear local views.” The public exhibition is at Rainbow Forge Primary School, Beighton Road, Hackenthorpe, on Thursday, February 3, from noon to 7pm and Friday, February 4, from 10am to 5pm.

Asda has announced it will take over 18 Netto stores in South Yorkshire, nearly nine months after it bought the company in a £778m deal.

Shops at Catch Bar Lane in Hillsborough, Manor Top, Queens Road, Walkley and Woodseats will all become Asdas. Managers say they will double the number of jobs in each converted store.

The company has secured a buyer for the Netto at Sheffield Lane Top.

Above: artist’s impression of the Asda at Drakehouse.