Sainsbury’s is planning to open 60 new convenience stores in London and the South East England over the next year as part of its expansion plans.

The British supermarket chain has also initiated a major recruitment campaign in London to find 500 team leaders and 200 managers to man these convenience stores.

Sainsbury’s currently has 185 local stores in Greater London, employing over 6,000 people.

Sainsbury’s convenience stores director Simon Twigger said, "We’re a growing business, and with that comes the need for fresh new talent and perspective."

"We’re open to everyone, so if you like a challenge and have a head for business and customer service – come and see what we can offer," Twigger added.

Currently, Sainsbury’s employs over 14,000 people in its convenience business throughout the UK. The store expansion will create several new local jobs to support the retailer’s growth.

UK Minister for Employment Esther McVey said: "With the recent record rise in employment and increasing job vacancies, it’s really encouraging to see that Sainsbury’s have the confidence to create so many more local jobs in the coming months."

In November 2012, the retailer revealed plans to create 10,000 jobs through the expansion of its convenience business by 2015.

The group, which pledged to open up to two new convenience stores each week during 2013-14, has opened 80 new convenience stores so far this year.

In January, the retailer’s number of local stores exceeded the number of its supermarkets for the first time.