Store to reopen next month after takeover is completed

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A DONCASTER village supermarket will reopen next month under new ownership following a takeover deal.

The former Netto store on Church Street, Armthorpe, is one of 16 shops being taken over by the Bradford-based retail giant Morrisons.

It is due to reopen on May 8 and the company has announced Kevin Smith will be the manager.

Mr Smith has been working for the company at its stores on York Road, Doncaster, and in Barnsley for 16 years.

He said he was ready for what he described as the busy and challenging role ahead of him, but there was a lot of work to be done before the store doors are opened.

He said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be taking up this position and offering shoppers in Armthorpe an excellent supermarket and superb product range, in a great location. “Armthorpe deserves a fresh new supermarket and I am looking forward to serving the people of Armthorpe.”

Morrisons is taking over the shop after paying £28 million to buy 16 stores off another supermarket firm, Asda.

Asda was ordered to sell a number of the Netto stores as part of a takeover.

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

Dalton Philips, chief executive of Morrisons, said at the time: “These additional stores are an important next step in Morrisons’ growth.

“We are building on our strategy to bring Morrisons’ unique offer of freshly prepared, affordable food to more people in Britain.”

Staff who were already employed at the Netto stores were to be transferred to Morrisons under TUPE regulations.