Asda creates 5,000 jobs

Asda creates 5,000 jobs
23rd Jan 2012

Supermarket chain Asda has announced plans to open 25 new stores and three depots, creating 5,000 jobs this year reports the BBC.

There will be a new depot in Rochdale, an existing one in Falkirk will be replaced and one in South Elmsall in Yorkshire, which was bought from Netto, will be revamped.

It also plans to extend and refurbish 43 of its existing stores.

Asda, which is based in Leeds, currently employs 180,000 staff across 528 stores and depots in the UK.

It is owned by the world's biggest retailer, Walmart.

Asda says the jobs will be part of a £500m expansion drive.

It follows a big year of expansion for Asda in 2011 as it converted the UK stores of the Danish discount retailer Netto, which it had bought for £778m.

Asda is the UK's second biggest supermarket chain behind Tesco.

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