The Co-op has announced plans to open 50 new stores by Christmas, including outlets in Wrexham, London, Poole, Leeds and Guildford.

The retail giant - which has hundreds of convenience stores across the UK - said the new branches will open in the coming months and create 1,000 jobs in the process.

It said it will open three stores a week in the run up to December 31, as officials remain in talks for a 'mini lockdown' in Britain.

The move will involve 50 new openings, 15 store expansions and 100 store renovations as part of a £130million investment.

Twelve new Co-op franchise stores will also follow this winter, including at Oxford Brookes University and Stirling University - with more student locations planned for 2021.

David Roberts, managing director at Co-op Property, said:  "Co-op works to operate at the heart of local life, making a difference in its communities.

"Multiple factors motivate consumers, with ease, choice and added services chief among them. We continually look for new locations, sites which are definitively convenient in their community – closer to our Members and customers with proximity shopping a key consumer consideration.

"Co-operation is a fundamental part of our DNA, and through our partnership approach we are enriching our offer to make convenience truly compelling in our communities."

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These are the regions that have so far been confirmed for new openings, renovations and expansions.

  1. Aston, Sheffield, petrol filling station and store   

  2. Barnet, Millbrook Park   

  3. Barrow-in-Furness, Abbey Road   

  4. Bath, Wellsway   

  5. Beckenham, Albermarle Road   

  6. Birmingham, University Locks   

  7. Bolton-Le-Sands, Bye Pass Road   

  8. Borrowash, Victoria Road   

  9. Cannock, Longford Road   

  10. Cheshunt, Church Lane   

  11. Coppull, Spendmore Lane   

  12. Cottenham, High Street   

  13. Coventry, Fairfax Street   

  14. Crewe, Remer Street   

  15. Crieff, Town Green   

  16. Dover, Crabble Hill   

  17. Ebbsfleet, Castle Hill   

  18. Edinburgh, Stockbridge   

  19. Exeter, Belgrave Road – The Depot and, Pennsylvania Road   

  20. Ferniegair, Carlisle Road   

  21. Gatley, Gatley Road   

  22. Grappenhall, Knutsford Road   

  23. Great Lumley, Front Street   

  24. Greenford, Greenford Green   

  25. Guildford, Connaught House   

  26. Guisborough, petrol filling station and store   

  27. Haddenham, Pegasus Way   

  28. Hastings, Parkstone Parade   

  29. Hereford, Grandstand Road   

  30. Hove, Kingsway   

  31. Invergordon, High Street   

  32. Islington, Holloway Road, Gainsborough Studios and Caledonian Road   

  33. Kennington, Walworth Road   

  34. Kirkcaldy, Lauder Road   

  35. Leeds, Burley Street   

  36. Leeds, Merrion Way   

  37. Maidstone, Loose Road   

  38. Newcastle upon Tyne, Great North Road   

  39. Norbury, London Road   

  40. Oakley, Oakley Lane   

  41. Oughtibridge, Langsett Road   

  42. Penyffordd, Hawarden Road   

  43. Perth, Darnhall Drive   

  44. Preston, Garstang Road   

  45. Reading, London Road   

  46. Reading, Thames Valley Park   

  47. Redditch, Evesham Road   

  48. Roehampton, Danebury Avenue   

  49. Rosudgeon, Main Road   

  50. Royal Albert Wharf, Gallions Quarter   

  51. Sandiacre, Market Place   

  52. Shenfield, Hutton Road   

  53. Skelmanthorpe, Commercial Road   

  54. Swansea, Walter Road   

  55. Telford, Stafford Street   

  56. Templecombe, High Street   

  57. Wakefield, Lupset petrol filling station and store   

  58. Wrexham, Lord Street