Waitrose, based in Bracknell , Berkshire, announces it is to create 2,000 new jobs and open 14 shops across the UK.

This retailer is bucking the trend set by Tesco and Morrisons who recently declared that they would be shutting their non-profitable stores and mothballing future developments as they take stock of their market share and refocus on their core businesses.

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