‘Dozens’ of new jobs as supermarket sweeps in

SUPERMARKET bosses are hoping to create dozens of jobs in Doncaster following a takeover.

Asda has announced it is expecting to take on 60 workers after the firm completed its £778 acquisition of Netto.

The firm was looking to add around ten members of staff per store on average. Six stores in Wheatley, Rossington, Conisbrough, Stainforth, Balby and Edlington were included in the deal.

But Asda was ordered to sell some Netto stores as part of the takeover, with Armthorpe’s Church Street Netto becoming a Morrisons and Haldane Retail Group taking over branch in High Street, Carcroft, which is now called UGO.

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 to maintain competition.

An Asda spokesman said there would be an ongoing programme of conversions, starting next month and due to finish by the end of the year.

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

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

Staff are being kept on at the store.