Asda has announced plans to create up to 12,000 new jobs over the next five years by opening in parts of the country where the supermarket does not currently have stores.
The move was announced by Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, in a meeting with prime minister David Cameron at Asda’s Clapham Junction store in London.
McMillon, who recently took on the role of president and CEO of Walmart, is in the UK as the world’s largest retailer prepares to hold its first ever board meeting in the UK.
McMillon showed David Cameron around the London store, which is one of 577 Asda stores in the UK. Asda became part of the Walmart family, which operates over 11,000 stores globally and employs 2.1m people, in 1999.
Following the visit, McMillon, who until recently oversaw Walmart’s international operations said: “It has been a pleasure to meet with the Prime Minister today and reaffirm Walmart’s commitment to investing in the UK. We know that the UK is a great place to do business and since Walmart acquired Asda 15 years ago we have been able to invest £8bn in the UK economy – creating over 100,000 jobs, opening 342 new Asda stores and bringing lower prices to millions of customers.
“A seismic shift in the structure of the retail market is underway – not just in the UK – but right across the world. Asda recognised the change in its market and took early action to develop and implement a strategy that will see it grow – creating more new jobs and bringing real value to more customers in the UK.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Supporting business, creating jobs and cutting taxes are all part of our long-term economic plan. Yesterday, our tax reforms cut income tax for 26m people and will help businesses to create jobs. I am delighted that Asda is continuing to invest heavily in the UK, creating another 12,000 jobs that will give people financial security for the future.”