Asda store’s local hero

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A remarkable community champion from Forfar has been nominated as the area’s local hero and will open the new Asda store on Monday, November 7 at 10 am.

William Milne is a more than sprightly 79 years old, who was nominated by his many friends and neighbours in and around Kemsley Place, where he lives.

Last year, he cleared all the snow from the house to the road and even cleared a path from the houses to the small shop to allow neighbours to get their groceries. He checks in with neighbours to see if they are OK, puts their bins out for them and then brings them in again.

On top of that, he weeds their gardens and washes their windows for them, and if any are ill he will make them a cup of tea and generally looks after them.

As neighbour Pat Greig said, on behalf of all locals: “Nothing is too much for this man – he just does everything without being asked”.

Given this remarkable contribution to the community, William’s friends nominated him in their droves to give him the title of ‘local hero’ and he will now be the VIP at the opening, receiving £100 to spend in store.

New store manager, Robert Hallyburton, said: “It will be a real honour to welcome William as our local hero to meet our colleagues in recognition of his work in Forfar. I want our colleagues to reflect his work ethic and sense of community and make our customers proud.”

The new Asda store is providing an initial 230 new jobs in the community and will feature a George clothing department, customer restaurant, bakery, fresh fish counter and everything needed for a full weekly shop.

Asda is this year’s winner of the UK Meat & Fish Retailer of the Year Award, and the new store on New Road will also feature the Butcher’s Selection range and Asda’s exciting new Chosen by you Scotland traditional Scottish products.

Customers at the store will be able to use the Asda Price Guarantee (APG).

This will allow shoppers the chance to compare the price of their shop with competitor supermarkets and if Asda isn’t 10% cheaper, it will refund the difference.