MORE than 30 jobs will be created when a supermarket opens its new Todmorden store later this year.
Asda has confirmed it will start building work on the new supermarket on the site of the Abraham Ormerod Centre and the former Olympia cinema, Burnley Road, next month and it is scheduled to open in October.
An Asda spokesman said: “We are delighted to be opening a new store in Todmorden.
“Our store will give local people access to our high quality products and services all at Asda’s low prices.
“We are aiming to commence building work in the spring with our store set to open later this year.”
The news has been welcomed by figures in the town.
Todmorden ward councillor Ian Cooper said: “I’m pleased that we can now see clearly the firm commitment by Asda to carry out the work and provide that vital regeneration contribution to Todmorden town centre.”
Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White welcomed the new jobs and said he hoped the store would encourage people to use the market and other businesses in Todmorden.
“It’s near the town centre so it will be easier for people to get from the store to the market and will increase town centre car parking,” he said.
“I’m sure that it will tidy the town up, make more use of the town centre and hopefully bring more people in.
“I think it will be good for the town.”
Calderdale Council granted Asda planning permission for the store last spring.
Two different store designs were put forward at the time: one which would incorporate the art deco facade of the former cinema building and one which would demolish it.
It is not yet known which design has been chosen.
Coun White said he preferred the one with a tower replacing the facade.
“I don’t think it’s an outstanding facade and it will need a lot of work to make it look presentable, whereas in the clock tower design they were planning on using stone from the Abraham Ormerod Centre building,” he said.
Supermarkets have been a hot topic in Todmorden over the past year with Sainsbury’s submitting an application for a new store on Halifax Road. Planning permission was refused.
“When we opposed Sainsbury’s it was on the basis that Asda would be opening that store,” Coun White said.
“The cinema site has had planning permission for supermarket use from way back.
“If we got a large Sainsbury’s on the Halifax Road site, that would provide competition for everybody.”
Last month Asda announced it would be investing more than £500m in 2012, opening 25 new stores and three new depots, creating up to 5,000 jobs.
One of the new depots will be in Rochdale. It will service chilled and frozen products to stores along the M62 corridor.