Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Working to Get ASDA Back in Business in Downpatrick
A Newry, Mourne and Down District Council spokesperson said, “Following a meeting with representatives from ASDA, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is committed to working with the company on immediate solutions to the devastating flooding at the Downpatrick store.
The Council will support ASDA in its drive to resume trading as a matter of urgency in Downpatrick. Simultaneously, we will be working with the retailer to devise a long term solution for the re-establishment of the store, ensuring the continued vibrancy and economic resilience of our community.
It is with deep regret we learnt Downpatrick’s largest supermarket ASDA, a cornerstone of our community, had suffered considerable damage following the recent severe flooding, which unfortunately means the existing Ballydugan Road store will be closed for the foreseeable future. We understand the profound impact it will have on our town, its residents, and the local economy, particularly in the lead-up to the festive season.
Our thoughts are with the staff and all those associated with doing business with ASDA, as well as the broader business community and residents who will feel the ripple effect. It is to be welcomed that there are currently no ASDA job losses, with colleagues currently deployed to other stores.
We acknowledge the economic challenges this presents for Downpatrick and are acutely aware of the timing, considering the proximity to Christmas.
We welcome ASDA’s commitment to Downpatrick, its current efforts to serve existing customers and its aim to open a temporary store in the next few weeks as we work urgently with central government to get ASDA back in business in Downpatrick.”