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    Asda launches £50m store upgrade program

    An Asda supermarket on April 29, 2018 in London, England (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

    Asda has on Thursday announced the launch of a £50m store upgrade programme.

    As part of the programme, 50 larger stores will receive major upgrades, including the introduction of new in store services and features. 

    The programme, which starts at the Long Eaton store in Nottingham, and run across 170 stores in total, is expected to complete by the end of November. 

    “We are always looking at ways in which we can improve the overall experience for our customers and this programme is one of the many ways we are actively doing that,” Ian Brackenbury, senior director of construction and implementation at Asda, said. 

    “Starting with our supermarkets and superstores, this significant investment allows us to upgrade our stores by launching new and exciting services, whilst making significant improvements to the existing components of our established stores.”

    The move to upgrade larger stores builds upon the significant investment made during the first quarter to convert all 470 convenience stores acquired from EG Group and the Co-op to Asda Express. This gave Asda a total estate of more than 1,000 UK stores for the first time in its 59-year history. 

    Since acquiring Asda in June 2021, the Issa brothers, Mohsin and Zuber, and private equity firm TDR Capital  have invested more than £3.5 billion to transform the business into a diversified retail group with a significant presence in the convenience and food service markets. 

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