National grocery retailer the Co-op has today announced that it is opening 50 new stores and creating 1,000 new jobs across the UK. The new roles are set to be filled by the end of 2020 and 15 existing sotres will be enlarged to deal with the increased demand.
The new roles mean that the company will be adding to the 1,000 new in-store roles it added during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
David Roberts, Managing Director, Co-op Property, said: “Co-op works to operate at the heart of local life, making a difference in its communities. 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 – closer to our Members and customers with proximity shopping a key consumer consideration. Co-operation is a fundamental part of our DNA, and through our partnership approach we are enriching our offer to make convenience truly compelling in our communities.”
Association of Convenience Stores Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “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.”