Exclusive: Asda wants to come to Wellingborough

Jackson's Lane carpark, where Asda wants to build a supermarket
Jackson's Lane carpark, where Asda wants to build a supermarket

Asda is bidding to open a new supermarket in Wellingborough, a move which would create 350 jobs.

A spokesman said they are “very much interested” in opening a new 35,000 sq ft store in the town – similar in size to the Rushden Asda.

It had previously been suggested that Asda was interested in the Railway Club site, in Gold Street. But Jackson’s Lane car park, which is owned by Wellingborough Council, now appears to be the company’s preferred option.

A letter sent by property developer Quora to Wellingborough councillors states: “We have made a formal offer for the site for redevelopment to provide a mixed use scheme including a 35,000 sq ft food store for Asda, a new town centre car park providing for some 500 parking spaces, additional retail units designed for the local market, small business units [offices], again for the local town centre market, conference facilities and assisted living/elderly care accommodation.”

An Asda spokesman said: “We are very much interested in coming to Wellingborough.”

Another planning application for the Jackson’s Lane site has already been submitted by housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat, which seeks permission to build 128 homes, a 200-space multi-storey car park and 4,400 sq ft of retail space.

At a council meeting on Tuesday, January 15, Cllr Tim Allebone, chairman of the town’s development committee said: “We are in a process at the moment. Keepmoat is the only developer trying to develop what we asked of them. They won the tender.”

Quora’s formal offer will be made to councillors later this month.