THE Co-operative Group has increased its food store portfolio in Wales and the Border Counties with five recent acquisitions which will create up to 22 new jobs.
Almost £ 1 million will be invested in revamping the former Costcutter stores in Bishop's Castle and Rogerstone, the former Nisa convenience store in Gnosall and the Total convenience store and petrol station in Broseley to the Co-op's Welcome convenience format.
The Buckley supermarket, which was acquired from the West Midlands Co-operative Society, will also undergo a £ 350,000 revamp to convert it to the Co-operative Group's market town format.
"These are significant investments in the region for the Co-operative Group and we look forward to serving the local communities with the best in modern shopping and to playing our part in community life," said Co-operative Group regional chief officer Mark Roberts.
Earlier in the year the Co-operative Group also acquired the Costcutter store in Lower Wick, Worcester which has been transformed to the Co-op's Welcome format at a cost of £ 250,000, creating ten new jobs.