FORTY jobs will be created thanks to a multi-million-pound newly-completed extension of Dunbar’s Asda store.

The supermarket, which already employs 130 people in the town, will launch a recruitment drive in the coming weeks.

The 25,000-square-feet store has gained 25 per cent more floor space as part of a £3.4 million project.

The development has seen the business expand its clothing range and add a home delivery service, which is due to launch in February.

Recruitment for home shopping colleagues and delivery drivers will begin later this year and create up to 40 new roles at the store.

Deen Rasul, store manager at Asda Dunbar, off Spott Road, said: “We’d like to say thank you to our customers for their patience throughout the disruption and at this unprecedented time. We hope they enjoy all of the new features in store.”

The refurbishment represents the largest investment in the store since it opened in 2007.

Among the new features are a pizza counter and Costa Express machine.

A larger George clothing line is also available, along with an extended home department.

The increased size of the store has also seen it gain Annette Newell as a ‘Community Champion’, who has already raised more than £1,250 in support of breast cancer charities and donated £1,500 to good causes.

Ward councillor Norman Hampshire said: “Asda coming to Dunbar has been a good addition to the options available to the community.

“This addition to the store and additional jobs will be a good addition to the town. It saves people from having to travel long distances to find other stores. This is really welcome and obviously the jobs come at a time when many people are losing their jobs, which is really important.”