Paul to open 50 shops in capital

French bakery Paul will open 50 shops in London over the next four years, creating 1,000 jobs. The chain, which sells bread, pastries and sandwiches, revealed the plans as it appointed a new chief executive to its British arm, James Fleming. The first of its new stores will open within six weeks as Paul looks to build on its 23-strong chain before the end of 2014. The company said it would recruit across the board from service staff to shop managers, bakers and drivers. Fleming joined Paul as managing director in April from Pizza Express. He will replace outgoing chief executive David Belhassen. He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Paul so far and I'm looking forward to driving the UK business through these exciting times.”