Asda shoppers could soon be able to get their hair cut or enjoy a manicure while out doing their weekly shop. The revamp could come if British billionaire petrol station owners Mohsin and Zuber Issa are given the go-ahead by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to take over ownership of Asda.
The brothers have agreed on a deal to buy Asda for £6.8billion according to filings at Companies House.
According to The Sunday Times, the duo is looking to reduce the amount of space dedicated to groceries by around a quarter in order to introduce some new amenities for shoppers.
This reportedly would include everything from new cafes and takeaway kiosks, to nail bars and beauty salons.
It comes as the supermarket begins to battle against a growth in online shopping, as well as rising competition from discount food retailers including Aldi and Lidl.
Having purchased their own forecourt, the brother came up with the idea to install franchises of Spar, Subway, Burger King, Greggs and KFC, allowing a one-stop-shop for people filling up their cars.
What’s more, they then went on to open the UK’s first Starbucks drive-through.
The Asda deal would see the supermarket come under UK ownership for the first time in 20 years.
Currently owned by US-based Walmart, the Blackburn born brothers would take a majority stake in the supermarket alongside their private equity group partner TDR.
Most recently, the supermarket launched a Cookies and Cream spread which shoppers have been rushing to get their hands on.
The Double Dreamy Cookies & Cream flavour spread, which is often used as a condiment for toast, is priced at £1.50.
Shoppers have already reviewed the product as a “must-have” online.
In a post on Facebook, which has been shared more than 2,400 times, one customer likened the taste to “Milkybar chocolate, combined with Oreo pieces.”
Source: | This article originally belongs to Express.co.uk
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