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Superdrug to open 25 new high street stores this year

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The opening of new Superdrug stores is anticipated to generate over 500 jobs nationwide

Superdrug is bolstering its physical presence by launching 25 new stores this year as it celebrates its 60th year on the British high street.

Additionally, the health and beauty retailer has announced plans to extend seven of its existing branches and refit another 60 throughout 2024.

However, the retailer has confirmed the locations for only four upcoming stores – Wheatley Centre Shopping Parkin Doncaster, St David’s Centre in Cardiff, Bluewater Shopping Centre and Westfield Stratford City.

As reported by Mirror, the Donacaster site is expected to open by the end of this month, followed by the relocation of its existing Cardiff store to a new 11,3000 sq. ft space shortly thereafter.

Superdrug is also shifting its Westfield Stratford City store, doubling its size to 9,892 sq. ft. Likely to be opened in the summer, it will be one of the retailer’s biggest stores.

The opening of these new stores is anticipated to generate over 500 jobs nationwide.

Superdrug’s Property Director, Nigel Duxbury, said that they are “really excited” to see some of the “largest ever” Superdrug stores open their doors this year, adding that the expanded units will provide the space to introduce new and exciting services, as well as a broader range of the latest health and beauty products.

The retailer noted all openings and refits will benefit from its Sustainable Store Scheme, which ensures sites are as eco-conscious as possible.

According to the retailer, the restoration of its 60 existing stores will encompass various upgrades. These include installing new shop fronts, using fully recyclable signage, enhancing flooring, and using ceiling tiles made from bio-soluble materials such as mineral wool, clay and starch. Additionally, the stores will adopt energy-efficient LED lighting, implement new floor layouts, and upgrade both fascia and internal signage.

Currently, Superdrug operates more than 830 stores across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including 200 in-store pharmacies. With the new openings, it will have more than 850 brick-and-mortar stores.

 

 

 

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