Loblaw is planning to build dozens of new stores and renovate more than 100 others this year, creating thousands of retail and construction jobs.
Loblaw says overall, it will erect about 50 new stores and renovate 150 existing ones, including projects that started in January.
The stores will include both grocery stores of various banners as well as Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
Loblaw is not yet releasing information on where the new stores will be located.
Loblaw made a similar announcement early last year, when it said it would build 50 new stores and improve more than 100 others.
Later, in July 2015, Loblaw said it would close 52 locations across Canada that had fallen short of expectations.
Catherine Thomas, Loblaw’s director of external communication, said in an email this year’s expansion will add about 5,000 new store employees while creating roughly 15,000 construction jobs.
The new store jobs will increase Loblaw’s employee base by 2.6-percent.
Loblaw employs about 192,000 full- and part-time workers, according to its most recent annual information form.
(The Canadian Press)