Co-op to open new stores and create 1,000 new jobs

The Co-op will open or expand 65 stores in the coming months in a program that will create up to 1,000 new jobs.

More than 100 stores will also receive a major makeover as part of a £ 130 million program for their stores.

The new jobs are in addition to the 1,000 permanent jobs created from temporary jobs created during the economic lockdown.

Up to 12 new Co-op franchise stores will also be launched this year, including at Oxford Brookes University and Stirling University, with more university locations slated for 2021.

The Co-op said its research shows that most adults have relied on their local convenience store for food and other goods in recent months, adding that it has expanded its online store.

David Roberts, CEO of Co-op Property, said: “Multiple factors motivate consumers, with convenience, choice and added services being the most important.

“We are constantly looking for new locations, sites that are absolutely useful in their community.”

James Lowman, CEO of the Association of Convenience Stores, commented, “Convenience stores have firmly established themselves as a place that local communities can rely on, not just for groceries, but also for a growing number of services that have brought the country the last few years. years, months.

“This commitment to investing in stores in the coming months is a testament to the importance of the convenience industry and the role local stores play in people’s daily lives.”

More than 50 new stores will open by the end of the year, including Wrexham, London, Poole, Leeds and Guildford.

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