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JOHOR BAHRU, Feb 20 -- Econsave Cash & Carry Sdn Bhd (Econsave) plans to add seven more supermarket branches this year, despite the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
General Manager Mas Imran Adam said the setting up of the new branches, including in Johor, took into account the stable and encouraging increase in sales even though the country was under various Movement Control Order (MCO) since March 18 last year.
"Econsave recorded an increase in sales during the first MCO period (last year) and even now (under the MCO 2.0), there is still an increase although the performance does not match the level before the Malaysia-Singapore border was closed.
"Currently, there is no closure of supermarket branches and there are even plans to add seven more branches, including in Johor this year," he said after presenting of donations of basic necessities to 500 families from the B40 household income group in Taman Desa Mutiara here on Saturday.
Mas Imran said at present, Econsave is also facing a shortage of manpower with Johor alone requiring as many as 100 to 200 additional employees to fill vacancies in various fields.
"So anyone who needs a job is welcome to apply for the vacancies," he said, adding that Econsave has 83 branches nationwide.