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Flint and Saltney Netto stores to be taken over by Asda

NETTO stores in Flint and Saltney will be converted into Asda supermarkets – creating more jobs and offering a bigger range of products.

Asda bought the Danish stores last May but had to find buyers for 47 of the sites to meet Office of Fair Trading requirements.

Last week the company announced it would be retaining 35 stores across the North West and Wales, including the branches on the Flintshire Retail Park, Holywell Road, Flint, and River Lane in Saltney.

The shops are expected to take on about 10 new employees each and the number of products for sale will increase from an average 1,800 to 10,000 – which store bosses say will enable customers to complete a full weekly shop.

Judith McKenna, the Asda chief financial officer who led the deal, said: “The good news for shoppers in this part of the world is that there’ll be no premium to shop in one of our smaller stores – we’ll charge the same low prices.”

The newly rebranded stores will create up to 350 jobs in the region across its new and existing stores.

This will include up to 100 designated ‘shift leader’ roles, which will provide employees with the opportunity to progress towards management positions.

Customers will also be able too order from the full home and leisure range, and buy George clothing products.

Ms McKenna said the announcement was ‘key’ in bringing Asda to more customers in new communities.

She said: “We’re delighted that we’re one step closer to welcoming hundreds of local Netto colleagues into Asda, and look forward to welcoming many more in 2011.”

The shops are expected to be transformed by late autumn.