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Co-op Food Expansion To Create 1,500 New Supermarket Jobs In The UK

07 Jan 2019

Co-op Food Expansion To Create 1,500 New Supermarket Jobs In The UK

Co-op Food has announced expansion plans which will see the retailer create around 1,500 new supermarket jobs across the UK.

Co-op is to spend £200 million throughout 2019 to renovate 200 existing stores and open a further 100 new supermarkets in towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Around 1 in 3 of the new Co-op Food stores will be located in London or the South East. Scotland is set to benefit from 40 new or revamped branches and Wales will see at least 10 new supermarkets open this year alone.

The 1,500 new store jobs at Co-op Food are in addition to the 1,200 full and part time jobs which the chain will create by opening a new distribution facility in Bedfordshire during 2022.

Announcing the expansion plans, Co-op’s Director of Portfolio and Development, Stuart Hookins, said: “Shifts in consumer shopping trends has seen ease, speed and convenience continuing to rise in importance for time-pressed shoppers. The right location and range tailored to fulfil the shopping needs of a community is a cornerstone of our approach, and there has been an evolution in how we choose new locations and innovate our offer.”

“This year will be the fourth consecutive year of opening around 100 new stores, and investing in a core convenience estate which has seen over four years of consecutive like for like sales growth. Connecting communities and bringing people together is at the heart of the Co-op. Our strategy is to offer the products members and customers want, need and care about, closer to where they live and work.”

“With a focus on looking for new sites which support our ambition to operate at the heart of local life, and deliver our value and values which make a difference in our communities,” added Mr Hookins.

You can find out more about working for the supermarket chain on our company profile for Co-op Food. There is also much more information about this sort of work in our article about supermarket jobs for students.

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