1,000 chase 200 jobs as new Tesco sees 'unprecedented' flood of applications
THE opening of a new superstore in the East Riding has sparked an unprecedented scramble for jobs.
More than 1,000 people have been chasing almost 200 jobs at the new Tesco superstore in Hornsea.
Recruitment for the South-gate site is due to finish in the first week in January.
Management have guaranteed 30 interviews for long-term unemployed people in the area.
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Store manager Andrew Dunn described the flood of applications for the jobs as “unprecedented”.
He said: “We have been delighted by the level of interest in working for Tesco and impressed by the calibre of applicants.
“I feel really confident that we’ve got a great team of staff and people with the potential to go a long way if they want a career with Tesco.”
Mr Dunn, who was born in Driffield, has managed a number of stores in the area.
He began working on the checkouts as a teenager and has been promoted within the business to become store manager over the years.
He said: “I started working on the checkouts at 16, part-time while I was at school.
“I was offered training and things just went from there.”
Originally, it was believed the supermarket would create 270 jobs, but the figure has now been amended to just less than 200 vacancies.
The supermarket and petrol station had been scheduled for opening in Christmas, 2010, but delays were caused by planning regulations, ground conditions and the discovery of newts at the site.
The major building work for the Tesco store in Hornsea is now complete and the vast majority of the interior shop-fitting is finished, ahead of its opening on Monday, January 16.
Mr Dunn said: “I am delighted to be opening the store here at Hornsea.
“I really hope we can bring a store that our staff and the community will be proud of and that will keep the people of Hornsea shopping in Hornsea, instead of having to travel to supermarkets further afield.”
When the store opens, it will have a dedicated community champion, tasked with helping to develop strong relations with residents and organisations in the town.