Crawshaws creates 40 new job opportunities

Fresh meat and food-to-go retailer Crawshaws has revealed plans to open two new shops in Warrington and Widnes in mid-April, leading to 40 new jobs. 

The openings will be the 43rd and 44th stores to open for the butchery chain and the third and fourth opening in the last two months in the north west.

“We’re thrilled to be further expanding our portfolio in the north-west region, where we are able to offer our fantastic range of fresh, quality produce at affordable prices, which is already delighting customers in our new stores in Birchwood and Blackburn respectively,” said Noel Collett, chief executive of the business.

“We are also very proud to be a key part of the regeneration and investment opportunity in Warrington town centre.”

The £500,000 investment into the new stores is part of the butchery chain’s planned growth strategy. By 2022, Crawshaws Group aims to invest £200 million, opening 200 stores and subsequently creating 2,500 jobs.

Covering 1,200sq ft, the new store in Warrington will occupy the old Boots Opticians site adjacent to the Golden Square shopping centre, while the Widnes facility will cover 1,300sq ft and occupy the old Barratt Shoes Store on the entrance of Green Oaks Shopping Centre.

“These openings mark the most significant job creation opportunity so far and recruitment across the region is a key focus for us,” added Collett. “Regardless of experience, we’re still looking for people to be a part of a rapidly growing dynamic company, Eighty-five per cent of our butchers are trained within the store, having come to us from a range of previous roles and 70% of our store managers are trained and promoted within the business.”

To celebrate the opening of the new stores, any customer who spends over £20 on meat in either of the stores for the first two weeks will receive lunch completely free.

“We offer fantastic quality meat at everyday low prices, we’re 35% cheaper than supermarkets, so we’re confident we have a unique proposition to entice shoppers and commuters in-store on a regular basis. Our trained cooks have worked very closely with our qualified butchers to create an outstanding range of freshly prepared everyday lunch solutions at amazingly low prices.”

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