Waitrose store receives 1,816 applications for 74 jobs
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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