ASDA has moved into a petrol station in Bournemouth as part of a near-£500m deal. 

The supermarket has now taken over the Co-Op petrol station in Holdenhurst Road – next to its the superstore. 

Asda acquired 132 sites nationally from the Co-op last year in a £438m deal as part of its long-term strategy to become the UK’s second-largest supermarket. 

In Holdenhurst Road, the Co-Op branding will be taken down and replaced with Asda’s branding and the Asda Express convenience shop inside will sell up to 3,000 own-brand and branded essentials. 

Andy Perry, managing director of convenience at Asda, said: “This conversion programme is an incredibly exciting moment for our business and accelerates our presence in the fast-growing convenience market. 

“We look forward to bringing Asda’s great value in fuel and groceries to many more communities across the UK and to welcoming over 2,000 former Co-op colleagues to the Asda family in the coming months.” 

Asda also says customers can be reassured that they’ll be making a saving when Asda opens as the base prices in Asda’s current Express stores are 'on average 8.9 per cent cheaper than in the Co-op'.