ASDA to Create 7,000 Jobs

At a time when many employers worldwide are laying off workers, British retailer ASDA announced yesterday that it will create more than 7,000 new jobs this year.

The supermarket will recruit up to 3,000 long-term unemployed for existing vacancies through Local Employment Partnerships and Remploy, ASDA's recruitment partner for people with disabilities and health conditions.

The Wal-Mart subsidiary will create 3,700 new jobs throughout the U.K. with the opening of nine new food stores, five new ASDA Living outlets and extensions to 15 stores.

The expansion of will create 2,000 new jobs and another 1,000 new jobs through organic growth. It will also continue to invest in its specialty business by creating 120 new positions in ASDA pharmacies and optical centers nationwide.

In total, ASDA will create 580,000 square feet of new store space in 2009. Its new store program begins with the opening of a ASDA superstore in Bury St. Edmonds in March.


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