Supermarket giant Coles have announced that they will be creating up to 1200 new jobs in Victoria as part of a new $70m investment plan.
The new plan will see Coles open 22 new supermarkets, liquor and Coles Express stores as well as the refurbishment of 17 existing stores, The Herald Sun reports.
“Since 2008, we’ve invested more than $3b in rebuilding Coles,” said Ian McLeod, Coles managing director.
“This financial year, we have an exciting investment program planned for Victoria.”
The 1200 jobs will be permanent full time positions, with more than a third stationed in rural areas.
The new stores include a large-format supermarket at Craigieburn which will employ up to 150 people as well as stores in Mill Park Lakes, Brighton and Cardinia Lakes and Cowes.
Mcleod also said that Coles aims to have opened new stores in Waurn Ponds, Torquay, Lara and Drysdale by 2015.
Although the creation of new jobs in rural Victoria serves as positive news, both Coles and rival supermarket giant Woolworths, are still under investigation by the ACCC in regards to anti-competitive behaviour.
In addition, KAP Federal Leader and Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter introduced a new bill to parliament in June this year titled the Reducing Supermarket Dominance Bill 2013. The bill was designed to restore power to Aussie food producers, small businesses and consumers.
“We have to preserve what little competition we’ve got left so that we can get a fair go. It is vitally important to head off the untrammelled greed of the supermarket giants,” said Katter.