Asda to create 7,500 jobs

Asda to create 7,500 new jobsSupermarket chain Asda on Tuesday announced plans to create more than 7,500 jobs over the next year.

Asda employs 175,000 staff and operates in 383 stores across Britain

The retail giant — which is the UK’s second biggest supermarket chain — said the posts would be created through new store openings, an expansion of its home shopping service and its recent takeover of Danish supermarket Netto in the UK.

More than 3,500 of the jobs will be in new stores, 2,400 in the home delivery service, 100 jobs in new pharmacies and 1,500 through doubling staff at the Netto branches.

The company already has an additional 3,000 unfilled positions advertised on its website.

“I’m proud to say next year we will once again create thousands of new jobs at every level of our growing business,” said Andy Clarke, Asda’s chief executive and president.

“At Asda we always recruit for attitude and train for skill, so you needn’t have previous retail experience to apply. We’re simply looking for people who share our passion for customer service.”

The Netto acquisition will add around one million square feet and about 170 stores to the Asda chain. The conversion programme will start in the first quarter of 2011 and is expected to be completed by this time next year.

The supermarket also plans to open a further 16 in-store pharmacies.

Asda employs 175,000 staff and operates in 383 stores across Britain. It estimates it has 18 million customers a week and sales of around 20 billion pounds a year.

Wal-Mart, Asda’s American parent company, posted soaring profits on Tuesday. Net quarterly profit climbed 9.8 percent to 3.4 billion dollars (2.1 billion pounds), beating expectations.


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