Asda’s bid to increase floorspace backed by planning officers

Asda store at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Asda store at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

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Planning officers are backing Asda’s proposal to increase the sales area of its Aylesbury store by 25% despite opposition from rival chain Morrisons and Stoke Mandeville Parish Council.

The store’s net sales area is currently limited to 1,000 square metres but Asda bosses have asked the district council to increase this to 1,250sq metres by extending into the storage area of the building.

Opening day of the new Asda store at the entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital ENGPNL00120131119094748
Opening day of the new Asda store at the entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital ENGPNL00120131119094748

The supermarket giant, which only opened the store at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in November 2013, says the size of the internal sales area is causing congestion in the aisles – leading on one occasion to customers being refused entry because the shop was so busy.

 

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