Spanish cooperative retailer Consum has opened a new store in Tomelloso, in the province of Ciudad Real.
It takes the co-operative's store count in Castilla-La Mancha to 84, comprising 22 company-owned stores and 62 franchised outlets.
Consum has hired 36 workers from the town and nearby areas to work in the new store, in line with its commitment to support the local economy.
The new store, spanning 1,400 square metres, features a fishmonger, delicatessen, butcher shop, bulk fruit and vegetable sections, as well as a bakery, the Consum perfumery section, and an area featuring exclusive Consum brands.
It also boasts 91 parking spaces with three charging points for electric cars.
The store will operate from Monday to Saturday, between 9am and 9.30pm
Consum plans to maintain its growth rate of 15 new stores annually for its next financial year, commencing 1 February 2024.
In its financial year 2023, which ends on 31 January, the retailer opened 15 stores, including three in Castilla-La Mancha.
The three openings in Castilla-La Mancha resulted in the creation of more than a hundred new jobs in this region, the retailer added.
In Andalusia, Consum has opened one store each in Huétor Vega, Pulpí, El Ejido, Adra and Motril.
Elsewhere, five stores in Valencia were opened, in Valencia city, Alginet, Moncofa, El Verger, and Torrevieja, and other openings include a store in Murcia (Cartagena) and one in Girona (Figueres).
At the end of 2022, Consum's workforce in Castilla-La Mancha totalled 690 employees.
The co-operative purchased goods worth nearly €107 million from suppliers in Castilia-La Mancha in its financial year 2022.