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Vodafone to open 150 new stores over next 12 months

Vodafone is to invest £100 million in opening 150 new shops across the UK in the next 12 months. The stores will create a total of 1,400 new retail roles.

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Vodafone to open 150 new stores over next 12 months

Vodafone is to invest £100 million in opening 150 new shops across the UK in the next 12 months. The stores will create a total of 1,400 new retail roles.

The move is part of Vodafone's plans to invest £1 billion in networks and services for its customers in 2014. The capital investment programme is the largest in the mobile communications company’s history as it looks deliver on its commitment to provide indoor and outdoor coverage using 2G, 3G and 4G services to 98% of the UK population by 2015.

The 150 new shops will increase the number of Vodafone's branded UK outlets to more than 500. The first shops to open will be in Notting Hill, Fulham, Walthamstow, Wembley, Ilford, Perry Barr and Bicester.

Commenting on Vodafone's UK plans, the Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This is a fantastic vote of confidence in the UK workforce from a company investing for the future to harness the next generation of digital services. It is a sign that our long-term economic plan to create jobs and build a stronger, more competitive economy is working, helping ensure a better and more financially secure future for Britain, for hardworking people and their families.”

Vodafone UK chief executive Jeroen Hoencamp added: “We're committed to putting our brand and our people where our customers want us: right at the heart of their high street and shopping centre. Our £100 million retail investment this year will increase our ability to serve our customers better with highly skilled personal advice and support in 150 brand-new locations."

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