ONE of the UK's biggest supermarket chains could be on its way to Port Talbot.
Bosses at Asda have confirmed that they are "assessing a number of options" in the area. It is understood that the site the retailer is considering is at Burrows Yard in Aberavon.
Investment opportunities are also available in the docks area in the wake of last year's completion of the £107 million Harbour Way road.
Residents have been speculating about an Asda store coming to the town on Facebook.
If the idea does progress, it would guarantee new jobs for the area.
Although Asda has not confirmed it is interested in any particular sites, a spokesman said: "We are aware of the great community support for a new Asda store in Port Talbot — we are currently assessing a number of options in the local area."
If a suitable site is found and the development is given planning permission it would be the first Asda store in the county.
The nearest stores are in Morriston in Swansea, Maesteg and Bridgend.
Aberavon councillor Tony Taylor said residents would love to see Burrows Yard developed.
"I would be grateful for any development at Burrows Yard," he said.
"The community has put up with it so much. We would welcome anything with open arms. It has been an eyesore for too long."
Construction work began at Burrows Yard in Aberavon in 2007 but stopped in 2008.
Farmfoods had initially been signed up as the anchor tenant. But since the initial work at the site, nothing has progressed.
In 2012 a petition was launched by Mark Jones, Ceri Golding and Barbara Trahar calling for something to be done to the eyesore site. It collected 780 signatures from residents.
Resident Tom Samuels said if the chain did decide to press ahead, it would get local support.
"Not least because of the jobs it will bring with it. It will be very welcome," he added.