is a chain of supermarkets
located solely in the UK
. It became part of the American Wal-Mart
group in June 1999. The name originally derived from "Associated Dairies". Last count of ASDA came in as 259 stores and 19 "depots". The chain employs 122,000, as of August 2003
It was formed by a group of farmers in Yorkshire. Stores carry food, grocery, clothing, home, leisure and entertainment goods.
- 2001, 2002, 2003 - Voted a top 10 UK employer by the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Employers Survey
- 2002 - Nestlé Social Commitment Award, awarded by peers in the food industry