Waitrose has announced it expects to create 1,500 new jobs in the 2016, in its new branches and e-commerce department.
The UK upmarket grocer said it intends to open 14 new shops across the UK from spring next year, adding almost 200,000 sq ft of selling space. The expansion includes five new supermarkets and nine new little Waitrose convenience stores.
Over 1,000 jobs will be created in the new shops and a further 200 roles in its e-commerce fulfilment centre in London.
Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen, said, “At a time when many retailers’ estates are contracting, we are delighted to be opening new shops around the country and giving 1,500 people the opportunity to become Partners in our business.
"Many of these new shops will go beyond the traditional supermarket, delivering exciting modern shopping experiences, which tap into the growing demand for grazing and casual dining.”
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