Co-op launches £160m expansion plan for 2018

Group to open 100 new food stores, create 1,600 jobs and overhaul existing outlets to counter competition from budget grocers

The Co-op is intensifying its battle to win more shoppers with a £160m investment on 100 new food stores during 2018, creating 1,600 jobs.

The business, which is owned by its members, will also give major makeovers to a further 150 outlets in a bid to counter fierce competition from the budget grocers.

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