Manchester-based Co-op Group said on Friday it will create 1,000 jobs with new store openings and the extension of existing shops.
Co-op Group said it will launch over 65 stores new and extended stores, with more than 100 further outlets receiving major makeovers as part of a £130 million store investment programme creating up to 1,000 local jobs.
Further, up to 12 new Co-op franchise stores are set to launch this year, including at Oxford Brookes University and Stirling University – with more university locations planned for 2021.
Co-op Group operates over 2,600 food stores and is owned by around 4.6 million active members. It also operates Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance, Health and Legal Services.
David Roberts, Managing Director, Co-op Property, said: “Co-op works to operate at the heart of local life, making a difference in its communities.
“Multiple factors motivate consumers, with ease, choice and added services chief among them.
“We continually look for new locations, sites which are definitively convenient in their community – closer to our members and customers with proximity shopping a key consumer consideration.
“Co-operation is a fundamental part of our DNA, and through our partnership approach we are enriching our offer to make convenience truly compelling in our communities.”