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A Lichfield-based retailer says more than 1,000 new staff have been recruited to help cope with demand during the coronavirus outbreak.

Central England Co-operative said it had brought in additional workers for its 400 food stores and funeral homes.

As well as 1,000 new store staff, 150 security guards have also been recruited.

Other work since the COVID-19 outbreak began has included installing more than 1,000 checkout kiosks and securing thousands of masks and gloves for staff working in funeral homes.

Debbie Robinson

Debbie Robinson, chief executive, said:

“As a co-operative retailer, we want to make sure we are leading the way for our communities during this difficult time.

“We hope that these measures and the work of our colleagues, members and customers show that we are coming together for our communities during this uncertain time and reacting to the challenges we face.”

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op

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4 replies on “Lichfield retailer has brought in 1,000 new staff since start of coronavirus outbreak”

  1. Wow! I didn’t think the Boley Park store was that big!
    But I’ve only been to the florist and the tills by the sandwiches so I haven’t been around the whole place.
    That is really impressive.

  2. I’m assuming the comment re. the size of the Boley Park store was tongue in cheek. The article states that the additional workers cover its 400 food stores and funeral homes.

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