Morrisons opens 50th M local store and targets 100-strong chain by year end

Morrisons: expanding M local chain

Morrisons: expanding M local chain

Morrisons has opened its 50th M local store, creating 1,000 new jobs so far across the UK, with more on offer in areas including Walton-On-Thames, Littlehampton and Cirencester.

The opening of the 50th Morrisons M local in Derby is a major milestone in Morrisons’ plan to expand in the convenience sector, the retailer said. As part of its broader Fit for the Future strategy, Morrisons plans to have 100 stores open by the end of this year and create 2,000 jobs in total.

Twenty jobs have already been created in each of the 50 new M local stores so far. With 50 more to open by the end of the year, Morrisons said it is looking to fill 1,000 additional positions and is now recruiting for team members, team leaders, assistant store managers and store managers in its M local stores.

Mandy Flatley, HR director new business development at Morrisons, said: “This is a fantastic landmark for everyone at Morrisons. We’re delighted to have welcomed 1,000 new recruits to the team across 50 M local sites in all corners of the UK. But it doesn’t stop here. We have ambitious plans to grow our convenience business, so now is a really exciting time to join us.

“Our success is built on our people and putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. So as we grow into new communities such as Littlehampton and Aberdeen we’re encouraging friendly and hard working people to join us and help us achieve our goal of giving customers excellent service every time.”

Gemma Hayes-Logan, store manager at Morrisons M local in York, said: “Morrisons has offered me a great role in a friendly and close-knit team. There are very strong training and development programmes and the work is really varied so it’s impossible to get bored. I also like that I get to know the customers in the community – I know most of them by name now. It’s exciting to be part of a business that is growing every day.”

The opening of the 50th store in Derby comes soon after openings in various UK regions, from London’s West End to Kilmarnock, and Windsor to York. After the opening of the first M local in 2011, Morrisons’ convenience format is expanding rapidly at a rate of between two and six new convenience stores every week.