Sainsbury's focuses growth plans on convenience stores
23 November 2012,
Sainsbury's has announced ambitious growth plans for its convenience stores, creating over 10,000 new jobs over the next three years.
The retailer opened its 500th convenience store in Southsea, Hampshire last week, and says it will continue opening at least one new store each week over the period.
It has seen year-on-year growth of nearly 20 per cent in the convenience category in the half-year to September, with over half a million extra customers visiting its convenience stores since the start of the year.
Meanwhile the Co-operative has strengthened its presence in the convenience sector with the acquisition of 10 Costcutter stores in London, which are expected to begin trading as Co-operative food stores by Christmas.
This adds to the 28 David Sands convenience stores in eastern Scotland it bought earlier this year.
By holding out the "possibility" of a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS), the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) long-awaited final report, published this week, makes an exception for fresh produce amid its wider call for a shift away from low-skill immigration.
The publication of the Agriculture Bill this week formally kick-starts the Government's plans to implement a "green Brexit" for farming, the area of the economy most impacted by the UK's withdrawal from the EU from next March.