Sainsburys Deliver Employment Boost For Scotland

Sainsbury’s has announced it is to create 1300 new jobs in Scotland as it seeks to expand its operations north of the border.
According to the supermarket chain, posts will be created over the next 12 months at new stores in Prestwick, Ayrshire and Strathaven in Lanarkshire, and at existing Sainsburys outlets in Darnley, Hamilton and Leven, which are to be extended to include clothing and homeware products .
As part of its multi-million pound expansion plans, the retailer will also build a new 70,000 sq ft store at the site of its existing store at Braehead, near Glasgow, and plans to open 150 convenience stores in the country by 2010-11.
Dean Clegg, Sainsbury’s managing director for Scotland, said: “At a time when many companies are being forced to cut back on jobs, Sainsbury’s can look forward to welcoming nearly 1,300 new colleagues and increasing its presence right across Scotland .”
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, added: “This news underlines Sainsbury’s commitment to investing in Scotland and the continuing success of their Scottish stores.”
“Sales of Scottish produce across Great Britain have soared by 21 per cent since 2007 and Sainsbury’s have played a key role in achieving this, for example having launched 380 new Scottish lines across UK stores over the last year.”
Sainsbury’s currently employs around 6,000 staff at its 38 stores in Scotland, which serve more than 580,000 shoppers each week.