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Co-operative Food to recruit an extra 1,000 staff

The Co-operative Food is to recruit an extra 1,000 team members as it looks to grow its convenience business across the UK.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Co-operative Food to recruit an extra 1,000 staff

The retailer said it will be looking for staff to fill customer team member roles, particularly at peak times, team leadership positions and store manager roles.

The move follows research by The Co-operative Food which found that 52% of consumers no longer do a big shop each week as they choose to shop little and often instead.

Steve Murrells, retail chief executive at The Co-operative Group, said: “We are making significant strides towards our ambition of becoming the UK’s leading convenience retailer.

“The modern busy lifestyle is leading to more consumers adopting a grazing mentality which sees them shop in a little and often way each week.

“These ‘grazers’ are leading a major shift in  shopping habits which marks a return to the way people used to shop before the advent of larger supermarkets and we are meeting these shopping needs by opening more smaller stores and ensuring we have stores staffed at peak times.”

Responsibilities in store will include checkout operations, stock control and replenishment, cash handling, leading and inspiring teams and acting as an ambassador for The Co-operative’s values. 

The Co-operative Food, which has over eight million members and around 2,800 stores across the UK, is undertaking a major programme of convenience store transformation and acquisition. It has also recently announced a £125 million investment in lowering the prices of hundreds of everyday items.

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