More than 3,500 people applied for jobs at the new Tesco store in Corby – 10 applications for every one of its 350 vacancies.
The store’s recruitment team interviewed 800 people for roles at the store, off Oakley Road, which is to open at 8am Thursday, January 24.
On Friday alone, after managers announced there were still up to 75 vacancies to fill, 200 contacted the company and yesterday (January 7) and today people having been queuing up at Corby library to make last minute applications.
Successful candidates were recruited for a variety of different roles, from managerial and team leader positions to general assistants.
Store manager, George King, who has worked for Tesco for 12 years, said: “My team and I believe the new store will become an integral part of the community, not only offering local employment but also a great place pick up a wide a range a fresh produce, kitchen cupboard staples and the additional extras.”
The new team will work in the flagship eco store which has its own special waste management plan, providing waste sorting and composting areas.
There will be roof lights and sun pipes to reduce the need for artificial lighting, as well as wind catchers on the roof to allow warm air to exit the building, and cooler air to enter.
Mr King, who has previously managed stores in Long Eaton in Nottingham and Cradley Heath in the Black Country, is looking forward to working with his new team.
He said: “I’m really happy with the team we have recruited. Everyone is keen to work hard and offer customers the best possible service. I’m confident that many of the new staff will take advantage of the opportunities to progress within the company and I look forward to supporting their development.”
The store will offer customers a range of services including a beauty world, pharmacy, opticians, family café and clothing.
Mr King said: “The beauty world department is one of only a handful in the country, where customers can pick up all the latest beauty products while enjoying additional services such as haircuts and manicures.”
The store will also have counters serving meat, fish and hot chicken, a delicatessen, a bakery and a range of fresh produce and dairy products. There will also be a wide range of world foods available including Polish, Caribbean and Asian, as well as a great choice of products from Tesco’s Finest and everyday value ranges and branded items.
There will also be toys, homeware, DVDs, CDs, gaming and books available.