Retailer Co-op has confirmed plans to open up to 18 new food stores in Scotland.

Co-op chiefs said the business will invest in new stores and major refurbishments north and south of the border. With more than 20 new stores planned for London, more across England and up to 18 stores planned for Scotland.

Stuart Hookins, Co-op’s Director of Portfolio and Development, said: “The Co-op’s extensive acquisitions and refit programme is a fundamental part of our food strategy.