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Waitrose to create 1,500 jobs in the North West

Waitrose is to invest more than £100 million in opening new stores in the North West and will create 1,500 jobs.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Waitrose to create 1,500 jobs in the North West

Waitrose is to invest more than £100 million in opening new stores in the North West and will create 1,500 jobs.

The retailer is aiming to open at least ten new shops within the next five years, more than doubling the number of existing stores it has in the region. 

Waitrose opened a new little Waitrose store in Chester last week and has also brought forward plans to redevelop the city’s Boughton Retail Centre for a larger supermarket. It will also open a new store in Walton-le-Dale in February next year and a new £35 million distribution centre in Chorley by Autumn 2012.

Waitrose announced its national expansion strategy earlier this month in which it said it plans to open at least 25 little Waitrose convenience shops and ten larger supermarkets across the UK in 2012.

David Jones, Waitrose supply chain director, said: “This marks another exciting chapter in our history and the growth of the Waitrose brand in the north west. We have really begun to establish our brand here and we are looking forward to making a continued investment and creating new jobs in what is rapidly becoming a heartland territory for us.”

Waitrose currently operates 264 outlets throughout the UK.

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