Breaking News First reported by Island Echo


PHOTO GALLERY: Supermarket giant Asda has opened the doors to its first Isle of Wight store this morning (Monday).

Hundreds of shoppers gathered outside the entrance on St George’s Way in Newport for the 10:00 ribbon cutting, which was carried out by Isle of Wight Council Chairman Lora Peacey-Wilcox. The first shopper through the door was Lorraine Wheeler from Newport.

Cllr Peacey-Wilcox was accompanied at the cutting by ward councillor Cllr Geoff Brody and Asda store manager Kenny Farrell.

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Ryan Peterson (8), Oliver Peterson (6) and Ciaran Peterson (10) were also honoured with taking part in the store opening for their work in designing the winning Bag for Life design.

Prior to launching, Asda Newport asked local children to submit a design for a bespoke Bag for Life for the store to sell to its shoppers. This design needed to reflect the island’s key landmarks and selling points, as well as what the children liked best about their home. The winning drawing, chosen from over 300 entries.

The new supermarket has been anticipated by Islanders for several years but that wait is now over with Asda opening from 06:00-midnight between Monday and Friday; 06:00-22:00 on Saturdays and 10:00-16:00 on Sundays.

Asda Newport boasts a new-style cafe; a large George clothing department; a dry cleaners; a key cutting service and a Create Your Own Pizza counter. In addition, a 24 hour fuel station has been launched today offering the cheapest fuel on the Island at 111.7p per litre for both Petrol and Diesel.

Home delivery is not currently available on the Island but it has been confirmed that the service will be launched on 21st September. Customers will be able to book their delivery slots from the beginning of next month.

Southern Vectis has 3 bus routes serving the new store, as previously reported by Island Echo.

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