In a statement released on Monday, J Sainsbury, the third largest supermarket group in Britain announced on today that it will create an additional 20,000 jobs as part of its store expansion programme.
In an attempt to catch up with market leader Tesco and Wal-Mart owned ASDA, Sainsbury will add 1.5 million square feet in the financial year 2011-12, up from previous years 1.25 million square feet. The expansion plan will extend beyond the next financial year.
Sainsbury currently employs 150,000 people and is expanding aggressively. It has been opening new supermarkets at a brisk pace, expanding non-food store items like home-wares and apparels stores and adding convenience stores.
Britain’s fourth biggest grocer, WM Morrison Supermarkets said today that it will go-ahead with its planned expansion of stores in 2011 and will 6,000 more jobs.
Market survey company Nielsen in a report on Friday said despite heavy snow and inclement weather, British grocer’s had a good Christmas with Sainsbury being one of the top four retailers.