Supermarket ASDA boosts the Building Sector with a £500 million Expansion Plan
Asda, the UK’s second biggest supermarket behind Tesco, has announced that it is to open 25 new stores, extend and refurbish 43 of its existing stores and build 3 new depots this year, offering the building industry more opportunities.
New stores are planned for Merseyside, Coventry, Gateshead in Tyne & Wear, Nottinghamshire, Mitcham in London, Ramsgate in Kent, Shepshed in Leicestershire, Todmorden in West Yorkshire, Worcester, and Worthing in West Sussex.
The supermarket which employs over 180,000 people in 528 UK stores and depots will add over 600,000 sq ft of net selling space with its 25 new stores, this will be either as superstores, small format supermarkets or Asda Living stores.
The supermarket confirmed today that it will invest over £500m in UK stores and depots in 2012. The 25 planned new stores and the three depots will create up to 5,000 new jobs across the country. Asda expects many of those employees will be apprentices who are undertaking a City & Guilds apprenticeship.
Prime Minister, David Cameron has welcomed the announcement saying that it is good news for many people across the country who are currently looking to enter employment.
Mr Cameron said: “The additional investment and 5,000 new jobs announced by Asda today will be a real boost for the economy and more importantly for people around Britain seeking jobs.
“I also welcome Asda’s commitment to not only create jobs but invest in their staff too; offering employees the chance to join an apprenticeship scheme to gain skills which will benefit them throughout their career.”- Mr Cameron added.
Asda’s investment and job creation plans were unveiled during a UK visit by President and CEO of Walmart International, Doug McMillon, who emphasised the importance of the project for the UK.
He said:”Our continued investment is because we see a tremendous opportunity in front of us – I’m proud of the difference you’re making and that we can make an even bigger difference in the lives of our customers and the communities we serve”.
Andy Clarke, President and CEO of Asda said he is delighted for the expansion scheme which will create new jobs and employment opportunities for people in all sectors of the UK.
Mr Clarke said: “I look forward to seeing these new stores and depots open for business and welcoming new colleagues and customers.”
Stores currently scheduled for 2012 opening include:
Coventry, West Midlands
Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
Todmorden, West Yorkshire
Tunbridge Wells, Kent (opened Jan 12)
Worthing- Littlehampton Rd, West Sussex
Inverness Slackbuie, Highlands
Larkhall, South Lanarkshire
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