After many years of trying to gain a foothold in Inverness, supermarket chain Asda has at long last received formal planning approval from Highland Council ofr its proposed new outlet in Inverness, the vote was an overwhelming 15-2 in favour of permitting the development, despite the opposition to approval of planning planning officers (*). The only 'negative' thing I can think of to say here is that the name of the suburb in Inverness where the store is to be located, Slackbuie, sounds faintly ridiculous to this writer's ear. It is high time, however, that Tesco and to a lesser extent Morrison's are faced with some real competitiion.
(*) Ive written a couple of times before about this and other aspects of 'supermarket wars' in Inverness - see here and here. An earlier article on Asda's US parent, Wal-Mart, is also of continuing interest, I think.