Mass scramble for Tesco jobs

New Barnstaple store overwhelmed by applications

THE new Tesco Extra store in Barnstaple has received more than 1,200 applications for 190 jobs, six applications for every vacancy.

The supermarket will open on the former Brian Ford Discount Store on Seven Brethren Bank at 8am on Monday, February 7. All 110 Brian Ford staff accepted jobs at the new Tesco store and will begin working there when the store opens.

Tesco said it had worked closely with the Jobcentre Plus to ensure that local residents could apply for vacancies at the new store. A number of jobs went to Barnstaple residents who had been unemployed for six months or longer. The store will employ 400 people in total, including 100 Tesco staff members who have been transferred from other sites. Following the successful recruitment programme, store manager, Steve Pugh, said: “I was overwhelmed by the incredible response to our recruitment drive. We were delighted when the former Brian Ford staff accepted the positions we offered them; it’s great that we are able to secure their jobs and create new ones for the local community.

“All new recruits are currently finishing a series of training programmes to get them ready for the store’s opening. We are currently preparing for the launch of the new store and look forward to playing an active role in the local community.”

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After the launch day the store will open at 6am on Mondays and will remain open 24 hours until midnight on Saturdays, and will be open from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

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