Coop to create 1,000 jobs and open 50 new stores

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The Co-op grocery chain is opening 50 new stores and creating 1,000 new jobs this year.

The new roles are in addition to the 1,000 posts he added during the lockdown as demand from buyers increased.

The additional jobs announced today will be distributed among the new stores and the 15 stores undergoing expansion.

The co-op said its research found that 70% of adults relied on their local convenience store for food and other products in the past few months.

The retailer also said it has expanded its online store.

The cooperative currently employs 55,000 workers across the UK and has 2,600 stores. The new stores will open in areas such as Wrexham, London, Poole, Leeds and Guildford.

Meanwhile, up to 12 new cooperative franchise stores are also expected to launch this year, including at the University of Oxford Brookes and the University of Stirling, with more university locations slated for 2021.

“We’re continually looking for new locations, sites that are definitely convenient in their community,” said David Roberts, Managing Director of Co-op Property.

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He said more than 100 outlets in the cooperative would benefit from a major transformation as part of a £ 130million investment program.

Association of Convenience Stores CEO James Lowman said: “This commitment to invest in stores in the coming months is a testament to the importance of the convenience sector. ”

The grocery sector saw a surge in demand during the pandemic, and large supermarket chains also created jobs.

Tesco last month said it would create 16,000 permanent jobs after the lockdown led to “exceptional growth” in its online business.

“Financial benefits”

While the food sector is doing well, other sectors of the economy have been hit hard by the pandemic.

It was announced Friday that 540 workers at Nationwide Accident Repair Services have lost their jobs after the distressed company was sold to RunMyCar in a pre-packaged administration.

As part of the deal, 30 of Nationwide’s sites were closed.

Founded in 1993 in Witney, Oxfordshire, the company operated 115 garages across the country, as well as a mobile fleet of repair vans, serving the accident repair market for UK insurers.

But the company suffered a substantial drop in business during the lockdown, as millions of motorists stayed off the road.

“As with many other companies, the group has faced major financial fallout due to the economic impact of Covid-19, which has resulted in a significant reduction in trading volumes,” said Rob Lewis, co -administrator of PwC.

“In this context, the sale announced today reflects an important positive result for the company, and we are particularly pleased to have preserved 2,350 positions, in particular apprentices, mechanics and technicians.

“Unfortunately, we had to lay off 540 employees. “

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