Mercadona continues with its deployment in the Basque Country. In 2021 it will open five new stores, although it does not rule out more store openings during the current year in this autonomous community.
The group will be installed in four towns in Bizkaia (Barakaldo, Iurreta, Leioa) and in another in Gipuzkoa (Andoain). In this way, Mercadona will conclude 2021 with 27 supermarkets in the Basque Country, spread over the territories. Fourteen of them located in Bizkaia, another eight in Gipuzkoa and five more in Álava.
With its deployment in 2020, the corporation chaired by Francisco Roig created 286 jobs in the Basque Country in 2020, when it ended with a workforce of 2,131 workers. It made purchases for 565 million from local suppliers, 3% more than in 2019. The previous year it opened three centers in the Basque Country and completed the construction of a logistics platform in the Jundiz Industrial Estate, on the outskirts of Vitoria. The sum of these projects involved investments of 33 million.
From Jundiz, Mercadona supplies its stores in the Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja, Cantabria and Burgos. The logistics platform has involved a total investment of 187 jobs and the creation of 480 permanent jobs.
During this year, the group wants to adapt its Basque centers to the model Strategy 6.25 which involves customers and workers to reduce the consumption of plastic in its shelves by 25%. This plan also includes increased use of recyclable packaging. At present, eighteen of the establishments in the Basque Country already operate with this approach.