By Marcus Leach

Supermarket chain Morrisons have announced plans to employ more than 7,000 people to staff several new outlets.

Morrisons plan to open a further 25 new stores in 2012, with half of the jobs at the new stores expected to go to former employees, according to the company.

Some 300 new positions are also planned at Morrisons' new regional distribution centre at Bridgwater, supplying food in south and south-west Wales.

"Despite the difficult economic conditions, Morrisons continues to have ambitious growth plans and that means we will be searching for people to join us in the communities in which we operate," said human resources head Norman Pickavance.

"We're committed to training our new colleagues so that they have the capability to move from the shop floor to the top floor."

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