Crawshaws to create 2,500 jobs in expansion plan

Crawshaws has announced plans to create 2,500 jobs as it embarks on its national expansion plan. 

As part of its plan to increase its estate to 200 stores, it hopes to create management, butchery and general assistant positions, as well as take on apprentices to help more young people gain employment in the industry.

CEO Noel Collett said: “We have some fantastic people in our business and we are now looking to grow our team considerably, so recruitment is clearly a key focus for us at the moment. We are searching for 450 management positions, 400 butchers, 900 general assistants and we’re investing heavily in helping young people gain employment by taking on 350 apprentices.

“Our new stores show how our approach is working, we’ve already filled 30 new positions and are developing an intensive training programme, ensuring all new recruits receive outstanding training with transparent career opportunities. We’re looking to recruit local people – from those who are just stepping onto the career ladder to those with decades of experience. We’re keen to hear from anyone who has a real passion for retail and wants to be part of a dynamic, fast-growing company.”

Collett added that 200 stores could be just the start.

“Our target of 200 stores is just the tip of the iceberg; with our unique fresh meat and food-to-go proposition, there’s nothing to say that this scalable model can’t reach 500 or 1,000 nationwide. We have recently opened new stores in Leeds Merrion Centre and in Bolton town centre, and the response from our new customers gives us great confidence for our future openings, so clearly we’re eager to continue to build the momentum and deliver our expansion plans.”

The newly-opened Bolton store (pictured) also featured the company’s new fascia, which will be rolled out to all stores in the estate over the coming months.

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