Business expansion
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

1,600 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
2 January 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2018
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


Supermarket chain Co-op has announced major expansion plans for 2018. The retailer is responding to increased competition from the discount sector by opening 100 new stores across the UK in 2018 which will create 1,600 new jobs. In addition around 150 existing shops will be upgraded as part of a total investment of GBP 160 million. The group has said that 18 stores will be opened in Scotland, 10 in Wales and 20 in London. Co-op has concentrated recent development on its smaller local shops, reflecting changes in consumer habits.


  • 2 January 2018: The Guardian
  • 2 January 2018: Manchester Evening News
  • 2 January 2018: BBC Website


Eurofound (2018), Co-op, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 92940, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92940.