UK retailer Sainsbury’s is to create around 100 jobs in west Belfast with the opening of a store this summer, the company revealed today (7 May).

The store in Andersonstown will be the supermarket chain’s 11th store in Northern Ireland and recruitment is expected to being in the “coming weeks and months”.

The retailer said that the 250 people currently working in the Curley’s store that is to become the new Sainsbury’s store, will be offered employment.

“We have more than 100 new jobs to fill in our Andersonstown store in light of the fact that we are offering all existing Curley’s staff the opportunity to transfer to Sainsbury’s,” said David Davidson, regional operations manager for Sainsbury’s in Northern Ireland. The Sainsbury’s store in Andersonstown will be the biggest in Northern Ireland and in total we will have 350 colleagues employed on site. We will be hiring new colleagues for every part of the store, from checkout, the shop floor and supervisory positions. “

Sainsbury’s currently employs 2,600 people across its ten other local stores.