Sainsbury’s plans to build new stores across Scotland, including a large new superstore in Braehead shopping centre in Renfrewshire.
Existing shops will be extended, while new stores are also planned in Prestwick and Strathaven. The retail giant is targeting an increase of 15 per cent in shop floor space over the next couple of years, creating around 1,300 jobs in the process.
Meanwhile, rival supermarket Tesco has also announced its intention to develop stores in Scotland.
New sites are planned in Bellshill, Annan and Dumfries, while a store in the Partick area of Glasgow could create around 400 jobs.
“Tesco is committed to job creation in Scotland and our ambitious plans to create 1,500 jobs this year is well on track,” said Tony McElroy, Tesco`s corporate affairs manager. “With new stores opening we are delivering great value and choice for customers and new jobs and regeneration in communities across Scotland.”