A NEW 24-hour supermarket coming to Chester looks certain to be an Asda after the retail giant applied for a 24 hour licence to sell alcohol.
Asda has always refused to confirm it is the mystery retail giant behind the approved development that will take the place of the former Cineworld and ten pin bowling alley on the Greyhound Retail Park which closed last year.
But now Asda Stores Ltd have applied to Cheshire West and Chester Council for a licence to sell alcohol around the clock for a store on the Greyhound Retail Park.
Land Securities secured planning permission for the new store, long rumoured to be an Asda, which is expected to create 173 new jobs.
The scheme will involve the demolition of Cineworld and the adjacent bowling alley unit will be extended to create the new supermarket a home shopping unit and cafï¿½.
Agent Mathew Sobic told Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee at the time: “I would like to stress the scheme will have significant local benefits for Blacon and the wider area in terms of retail provision and job creation.”
Blacon Labour councillor Reg Jones, who addressed the meeting, believes a major supermarket such as Asda will bring benefits to the area and supported the principle of development but raised some concerns.
He said: “We are changing the character and nature of the Greyhound Park – the loss of the cinema and the bowling alley.
“While I accept we can’t force commercial ventures to stay there, we have made no provision for leisure facilities. We have a growing reputation as a cultural desert as we flip flop from one cultural aspiration to another.
“There are unintended consequences to this and that will be increases in anti-social behaviour. Our young people need facilities and they are being denied them.”