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Waitrose store receives 1,816 applications for 74 jobs

Waitrose has received a massive 1,816 applications for the 74 jobs it has created at its new Hampton shop, which is due to open on 11 January.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Waitrose store receives 1,816 applications for 74 jobs

Waitrose has received a massive 1,816 applications for the 74 jobs it has created at its new Hampton shop, which is due to open on 11 January.

The grocer said it has recruited a third of the store’s staff via its local Jobcentre Plus office.

Commenting on the number of applicants, Waitrose Hampton store manager, Steve Yates, said: "We are thrilled to be opening in Hampton and have been overwhelmed by the volume and calibre of the job applications. We firmly believe that the shop should have a local identity and this begins with our employees so interviews were conducted locally and nearly all our staff live within a short distance of the store."

Waitrose is planning to open at least 25 smaller format convenience shops and ten larger supermarkets across the UK in 2012 as part of a major expansion of its store portfolio. 

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