by Patricia Devlin

ASDA is to deliver 30 new jobs to its Cookstown store through an innovative online shopping service.

The ‘Click and Collect’ service, which will allow customers to pre-order shopping before collecting it at the store’s newly extended Sweep Road warehouse, will launch next week.

It along with a range of new home delivery options will be facilitated at the supermarket’s newly built home shopping department which includes a warehouse which can cater for up to ten of the store’s delivery vehicles.

Customers will also be able to book a home delivery slot to have shopping brought right to their doors through the new online shopping experience.

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Samuel Watson, Shopping Manager at the store, says the announcement will see the store’s workforce increase from 250 to 280 at the site.

“This is great news for Asda, its customers and Cookstown,” he told the MAIL.

“We have already hit the ground running with the Click and Collect service as we have acquired customers from other stores.

“The Cookstown launch of our home delivery service means Asda now covers the whole of Northern Ireland, so now everyone can enjoy our ‘everyday low prices’ – no matter where they are.”

The majority of the 30 new posts will be part-time, but there will opportunities for overtime, according to the store.

The new services will launch next Tuesday, April 9th, and will also allow people to do their weekly shop online and arrange a time to pick it up at the store’s new collection point.

A new collection point has already been created at the Sweep Road where customers can pick-up pre-ordered shopping at no additional charge.

Customers will also be able to book a delivery slot to have shopping brought right to their doors.

Cookstown District Chairman Tony Quinn described the news as a huge boost for the area.

“This is great news in these very difficult times,” he said.

“Asda has created many jobs in Cookstown and continues to do so in great economic difficulty.”

The Chairman continued: “Last week I was delighted to officially open the new Home Bargains store on the Burn Road which created 40 full and part-time jobs.

“Now we have another announcement that 30 jobs are to created at Asda - that’s 70 jobs that have come to Cookstown in two weeks and that can only be welcomed.”