Superdrug reveals plans to open 25 new stores this year – is your town on the list?

Superdrug has announced plans to open 25 new stores across Britain this year, pledging to create 500 jobs in the process.

The retailer, which has doubled its high street presence, said it would create «bigger and better store formats in prime retail destinations».

New stores will open this year at Wheatley Center Shopping Park in Doncaster, St David’s Center in Cardiff, Bluewater Shopping Center and Westfield Stratford City.

The remaining locations have yet to be revealed.

Openings: Superdrug has announced plans to open 25 new stores in the UK this year

As well as opening a number of new stores, Superdrug said it plans to redevelop 60 existing stores, with seven existing stores expanding in size.

Superdrug’s property director, Nigel Duxbury, said: “This investment in brick-and-mortar stores means we can expand our footprint in key locations and underlines our ongoing commitment to highstreets and retail shopping destinations that are an integral part of local communities and economies. ‘

The health and beauty retailer said its Craigavon ​​store in Northern Ireland had already been extended to 5,800 sq ft, while the site in Lakeside Thurrock was extended to 7,669 sq ft, with the addition of a new fragrance counter and nurse services.

In the stores undergoing redevelopment, Superdrug said there will be new shop fronts, «enhanced» floor and ceiling tiles made from bio-soluble mineral wool, clay and starch, LED lighting, new floor layouts and improved tiling and interior signage.

The retailer, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, added: ‘All openings and refurbishments will benefit from Superdrug’s sustainable store scheme, which ensures sites are as green as possible in everything from design to energy savings and waste management.’

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The retailer said its total sales rose 9.2 per cent in the four weeks to December 30, with like-for-like sales up 7.1 per cent.

Superdrug said 18.1 million people in the UK signed up to its loyalty scheme.

Last June, rival Boots announced plans to close a further 300 stores across the UK.

The chain said the move was about trying to ‘consolidate a number of stores in close proximity to each other’.

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