SUPERMARKET giants Asda is to open 12 more stores, creating up to 2,500 new jobs in the UK, according to an announcement.
The retailer, which has superstores in Fratton, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and Gosport, said it was investing £700m in its outlets and online operations.
Despite the new store openings, Asda said it was shifting its focus away from its ‘bricks and mortar’ stores towards ‘multi-channel’ sales including click-and-collect services.
Chief executive Andy Clarke said: ‘I’m proud that in the continuing and challenging trading environment we were able to increase total sales by 4.5 per cent last year. This shows that we are continuing to get it right for customers.’
Asda announced sales of £22.8bn in 2012, up from £21.8bn the previous year.
Two of the 12 stores opening this year are already trading – a supermarket in Larkhall near Glasgow and a non-food Asda Living store in Coventry.
The 10 yet to open are five large superstores and four smaller supermarkets as well as an Asda Living store.