Waitrose to Create 1,500 New Jobs in 2016

Waitrose has announced that it expects to create 1,500 jobs in new branches and its e-commerce grocery depot in 2016.

The retailer intends to open 14 new shops across the UK from spring next year, including five new supermarkets and nine new little Waitrose convenience shops.

Together, they will add almost 200,000 sq ft of selling space to the estate, building on the expansion Waitrose has experienced in recent years.

Those supermarkets already confirmed include High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire), Uttoxeter (Staffordshire), Solihull (West Midlands), which will all open throughout the spring, and Truro (Cornwall) and Worcester, which will both open in the summer. 

It will also add new little Waitrose shops in the South Bank Tower in central London and Leatherhead in Surrey during the summer and has plans for seven more convenience branches in new locations throughout next year.

In addition, the business will be creating up to 200 roles in its e-commerce fulfilment centre in Coulsdon, South London, to service its expanding number of branches.

All jobs will be advertised on the company's website www.jlpjobs.com.

The supermarket aims to introduce more of its latest concepts into the new branches to deliver the modern Waitrose shopping experience. These include welcome desks, wine bars, juice bars, and areas for grazing and informal dining.

Waitrose now has five shops with a wine and beer bar, eight with a juice bar and recently became the first national supermarket to install a freshly made sushi counter in its shops after launching sushi counters in its Battersea Nine Elms and Bath branches in partnership with Kelly Deli.

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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