Waitrose plans to create 2000 jobs as it opens 26 stores

Waitrose plans to create 2000 jobs as it opens 26 stores

Waitrose has announced it is to create 2,000 new jobs in 2014 through the opening of 26 shops in the UK.

Together, the new shops will add nearly 350,000 sq ft of selling space to the estate. The UK grocer has opened more than 100 branches of its 302 stores in the last five years.

Waitrose director of development Nigel Keen said: "During 2012 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."

He confirmed the company is continuing to focus on offering apprentice roles.

Waitrose announced in September last year it would create 500 jobs in London when it opens a second e-commerce grocery depot in Coulsdon this autumn to support growing online sales.

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Waitrose has today confirmed that it expects to create up to 2,000 new jobs through new shops in 2014.

The retailer is opening 26 shops across the UK, including up to fifteen new supermarkets and eleven new little Waitrose convenience shops.

Together, the new shops will add nearly 350,000 sq ft of selling space to the estate underlining the rapid expansion Waitrose has experienced in recent years. It has opened more than 100 branches of its 302 store estate in the last five years.

Those shops already confirmed, include supermarkets in Teignmouth, Edenbridge, Keynsham, Locks Heath, Sherborne, Hove, Leek, Swindon, Hereford, Egham, Malmesbury and Chester. It will also add new convenience shops in East Putney and West Hampstead. More locations will be confirmed throughout the year.

Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen, said:

"Our growth story continues as we take the brand to more customers and invest in our omni-channel approach.

"During 2012 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."

"As part of the recruitment process, we will be continuing to set aside apprentice roles for those who have little or no experience of the working world."

Waitrose also announced in September last year that it will create 500 jobs in the capital when it opens a second e-commerce grocery depot in Coulsdon, South London in autumn 2014.

Original source: Waitrose