EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating
Number Employed: 180000
Group: Walmart

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-01-2012
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 24-01-2012
Foreseen End Date: 01-01-2013
Planned Job Creation: 5000

Additional Information

Supermarket chain Asda has announced plans to open 25 new stores and three depots, creating 5,000 jobs in 2012. New depots locations are Rochdale, Falkirk and Elmsall. In addition to the new stores 43 existing stores will be extended and refurbished.

Asda is currently the UK's second largest supermarket chain with 528 stores and 180,000 employees in the UK. Asda belongs to US multinational retailer Walmart.