Asda jobs hope for former Netto sites

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BOSSES at Asda expect to create around 60 jobs in Doncaster as part of their takeover of Netto.

The company has bought out most of the Danish chain’s stores as part of a £778 million sale.

A spokesman said Asda was looking to add around 10 members of staff per store on average. Six Doncaster stores were included in the deal.

The deal went through this month and staff are now being transferred onto Asda’s payroll.

But Asda was ordered to sell some Netto stores as part of the takeover, with one Doncaster store going to Morrisons and another to the Haldane Retail Group.

In September, the Office of Fair Trading cleared Asda’s takeover of Netto’s 195 UK stores, but called on the Walmart-owned company to sell 47 outlets for reasons of maintaining competition.

Asda will be taking over stores in Wheatley, Rossington, Conisbrough, Stainforth, Balby and Edlington.

A spokesman for the company said there would be an ongoing programme of conversions, starting next month. The process is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Bosses at the former Netto shops in Armthorpe and Carcroft are also pledging to keep staff on.

The former Netto store on the High Street in Carcroft has been sold to Haldane and is set to be rebranded as a new discount store.

The store will close at noon on Saturday for refurbishment and rebrand to UGO. It will reopen its doors to shoppers on Monday.

Richard Collins, chief operating officer for the Haldane Retail Group, said: “We’re delighted to have retained all of the former Netto employees in Carcroft as well as the other 19 stores we have purchased and we will be re-opening under the new UGO brand over the next few weeks.

“I’m extremely proud of the team’s commitment and hard work to ensure a smooth handover with minimum disruption to our customers.”

UGO Stores Limited is part of the Grantham-based Haldane Retail Group, which employs more than 1,300 people in 44 stores in Scotland and England.

The former Netto store on Church Street, Armthorpe, is due to reopen on May 8 as a Morrisons.

It is one of 16 shops being taken over by the Bradford-based retail giant, which already operates a superstore in Doncaster near York Road.

Staff are being kept on at the store.