Supermarket chain Waitrose has announced it will create a further 2,000 new jobs across its chain of British stores with new and existing sites benefiting from expansion and greater staffing.
With the retailer to open 14 new stores nationwide this coming spring positions are to range through their supermarkets and smaller stores as well as a new depot that is being built in South London in order to meet a greater demand for online shopping.
With two new stores already having been built this year in Egham in Surrey and Walbrook in London, this further expansion is expected to help the chain consolidate their foothold in the UK grocery market as well as push for a greater market share in the coming year.
Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen, said of the expansion plans:
“Our expansion story continues as we take the brand to more customers. Last year many of our new branches received than more than 10 applications for every vacancy – so we’re delighted to be able to create an additional 2,000 roles in 2015.”
This is great news for the British economy, which posted its fastest rate of growth in seven years last year, as it looks to return to the top of the economic pile. Domestic growth has been vital to insulating it against slowdowns of major trading partners such as the European Union and China and an influx of new jobs and services will only add to this.
Supermarkets and retailers have been battling a hardly fought price war as of late with market leader Tesco dropping some of its market share to discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl as consumers demand better and better deals. Waitrose will also be looking to increase its standing in the marketplace and this move shows its proactive stance on the threats from other retailers. The supermarket outperformed rivals over the key Christmas period, posting a 2.8 percent rise in same store sales over the five weeks to Jan. 3.
Unemployment has also continued to fall in the United Kingdom for the past 27 months and a further boost of 2,000 extra jobs is certainly going to put a smile on the Chancellor of the Exchequers face as further investment and employment enters Great Britain.
Lidl announced last week that its expansion drive will provide an extra 500 jobs in Scotland with a multi-million pound investment in its Scottish store estate and the relocation of its West Lothian warehouse to a larger site.
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