Jobs Boost For Christchurch

22 November 2013, 13:14 | Updated: 22 November 2013, 13:28

There's set to be a jobs boost for Christchurch with plans for an Asda store to open in 2015.

A former MOD site at Bailey Drive in Christchurch will become home to a brand new Asda supermarket, anticipated to open in 2015.

The site is owned by Quantum Group, a Bournemouth based property company, and the new supermarket is expected to generate around 375 long term jobs for the area. Over 100 additional construction roles will be created to develop the site over the next 18 months.

David Hines, CEO of Quantum Group said, "Having Asda at Bailey Drive is fantastic news for the residents of Christchurch. Asda are very excited to be setting up their new supermarket, as well as playing a part in the growth of Christchurch's economy. As one of the nation's favourite supermarkets, we are very excited to be working with such a trusted brand."

Asda's new supermarket development at Bailey Drive will offer a range of benefits including:
"    Over 300 car parking spaces
"    A new café overlooking the River Stour
"    Two electric car charging points
"    The expected 375 new jobs to Christchurch

The planning application for the development at Bailey Drive was approved by Christchurch Borough Council's Planning Committee in June 2013. Further details about the new supermarket are expected to become available over the coming weeks.

Quantum Group has agreed to invest £1million into a new non-for-profit organisation set up this month. The Christchurch Foundation focuses on the continual development of Christchurch town and its community and was the idea of employees working on the Bailey Drive development.

The Christchurch Foundation Trust will engage and work with residents, and businesses, to generate funds and opportunities that support Christchurch's economic, social and environmental growth. Simon Hammond, Acting Chairman of the trust, said "I have spent a number of months speaking and listening to the Christchurch community. To be actively involved in forming The Christchurch Foundation Trust is a great privilege for me."

Quantum Group CEO, David Hines, is proud his company could support the new trust. "This is a very exciting time for Christchurch and our employees. Quantum Group's management team has therefore decided to invest £1million from the profits of our deal with Asda. This will help support the trust, the Christchurch community and also recognises how proud we are of our employees' idea."

Over the coming weeks The Christchurch Foundation Trust will be organising how it operates, as well as the framework and structure of the trust. They will be launching their website in the coming week, which details more about the scheme, how you can get involved and how to provide suggestions on how to support the continued development of Christchurch.