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Waitrose expansion could create jobs in logistics

By: Deborah Bates
07 January 2011

High-end supermarket chain Waitrose has announced plans to create 3,000 new jobs this year, by expanding into 39 more sites across the UK.

It is thought the company will create management and non-management roles, according to the Recruiter; and after strong online sales last year, the firm could create further logistics work for experienced individuals. It could also culminate in the company hiring drivers throughout the next 12 months.

"Online sales soared during the first snowfall as customers struggled to get to the shops," claimed a spokesperson for John Lewis, the group behind Waitrose. "Shoppers wanted the reassurance of having their goods in their hands, and our shops saw sales surge as a result."

The managing director, Mark Price, also spoke out, claiming: "In the current climate, we're very pleased to be employing 3,000 new partners within our business. Our strong Christmas trading figures give us confidence for the year ahead, when we will be continuing to invest in the future growth of our business."

Of the 39 new sites, 12 will house full-size supermarkets, and they will be located in places such as Stratford, Newton Mearns, Exeter, Marlow, Wimbledon, Raynes Park and the Channel Islands. The supermarket will also set up small, more convenient branches in Palmers Green and Old Brompton.

Waitrose has stood out from a myriad of high street retailers with its positive December trading figures, which market analyst Nick Bubb believes is due to rising confidence amongst middle-class consumers, and the ongoing recovery of the economy in London and the South East, says BBC News.


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