A SUPERMARKET giant hopes to create 400 jobs by opening a new store in Durham City.
Asda wants to open the store on the former Mono Containers site at Dragonville.
The site, opposite a Tesco Extra, has been cleared pending redevelopment.
Asda says its new store will have a 45,000sq ft sales area, a filling station, and space for 365 cars.
The company is holding a public exhibition on January 10 as part of a community consultation exercise.
Formal plans will then be drawn up and submitted to Durham County Council in the next few months.
The application will be decided by councillors on the planning committee on a date to be fixed.
Asda say the jobs will be a mixture of full and part-time, and will also be a boost to the construction sector during the building phase.
Philip Bartram, Asda’s senior property communications manager, said: “The store will regenerate a prominent, but long-neglected, site.
“It is a multimillion-pound investment which will provide a major long-term boost to the area. These plans will deliver a fresh and exciting new offer to local shoppers. The creation of up to 400 new Asda jobs is set to make a huge difference to hundreds of household budgets.”
The public exhibition will be held on January 10 from 10am to 4pm at the Laurel Avenue Community Centre in Durham City.
Store bosses say they are keen to seek the views of the local community before submitting a planning application over the coming months and staff will be on hand to answer questions from the public.
Mr Bartram added: “The exhibition will help our prospective new customers, colleagues and neighbours find out more about our plans.
“It will also enable us to take into account local views prior to finalising the planning application.”