Co-op announces up to 1,000 new jobs from new and extended stores

The Co-op says it plans to open or extend 65 stores over the coming months, creating up to 1,000 jobs.

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

Up to 12 new franchise stores will also launch, including at Oxford Brookes University and Stirling University.

The jobs are in addition to the 1,000 permanent roles that grew from the temporary roles created during the coronavirus lockdown.

Most adults have relied on their local convenience store for food and other items in recent months, the Co-op said, adding that its online shop has also been expanded.

David Roberts, managing director at Co-op Property, 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.”

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James Lowman, Association of Convenience Stores chief executive, added: “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.”

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