EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: South East
Location of affected unit(s): Mainly South-east England


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
Group: John Lewis Partnership

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 27-01-2015
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Planned Job Creation: 2000

Additional Information

Supermarket chain Waitrose has announced plans to create 2,000 new jobs. The jobs will be created at both new and existing sites. A new depot is being opened in South London to accommodate the increased demand in online shopping and some of the new posts will be based there. In addition to this, fourteen new stores will be opened from spring onwards; seven will be smaller convenience shops. The exact locations of the new shops and new jobs, apart from the South London depot, have not been specified, though it is reported that the majority of the expansion will be in south-east England.