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Co-op To Create 1,000 New Supermarket Jobs In The UK

07 Sep 2020

Co-op To Create 1,000 New Supermarket Jobs In The UK

Co-op has announced new plans which will see the grocery chain create 1,000 new supermarket jobs in the UK.

The retailer is investing £130 million in a new round of store openings, expansions and refurbishments.

Co-op is to open around 50 new stores across the UK and will create an average of 20 new full or part time vacancies at each location.

The supermarket chain created 5,000 temporary jobs during the Coronavirus outbreak and has since converted 1,000 of those vacancies into permanent roles. The latest 1,000 jobs announced by the company are in addition to those COVID-19 hires.

As well as launching 50 new supermarkets, Co-op will also expand 15 existing stores and carry out refurbishments at a further 100+ outlets.

Announcing the expansion plans at the supermarket chain, Co-op Property’s managing director, David Roberts, said: “Multiple factors motivate consumers - with ease, choice and added services chief among them. We continually look for new locations, sites which are definitively convenient in their community.”

The chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, James Lowman, also commented, saying: “Convenience stores have firmly established themselves as a place that local communities can rely on, not just for groceries but for a growing range of services that have kept the nation going during the last few months.”

“This commitment to investing in stores in the coming months is testament to the importance of the convenience sector and the role that local shops play in people’s everyday lives,” added Mr Lowman.

The Co-op now has almost 2,700 stores across the UK and employs over 50,000 people in full and part time roles throughout its business.

You can find out more about working for the supermarket chain by reading our company profile for Co-op. For vacancies at other chains take a look at our guide to supermarket jobs for students and find out about some of the perks you can benefit from by working for the various supermarket chains in the UK.

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