Waitrose has closed the window for jobs at its new store in Northampton after it received a “phenomenal” number of applications within the first five days, the Chron can reveal today.
The roles were advertised for the first time on August 6, but the window was closed early after the upmarket supermarket chain owned by John Lewis, received 560 applications for work at the new site in Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton.
Normally the window for window for such Waitrose projects is “several weeks”.
Waitrose will now go through the applications before inviting candidates to local group interviews, which are due to take place in September.
Places will be allocated in those interviews to candidates put forward by Jobcentre Plus to provide opportunities for local unemployed people.
Waitrose Wootton’s branch manager, Mike Stephenson, said: “It’s been a phenomenal response and we are really encouraged by the calibre of applications as well as so many people wanting to work for our business.
“We pride ourselves on ensuring our shops have a local identity and that starts with the staff we employ - we look forward to welcoming successful candidates in the near future.”
The branch in Wootton, which is currently being built, is due to open in the autumn, creating up to 140 new jobs. No definite date has been set but the Chron understands it is likely to be in mid-November.
The store will have 468 car parking spaces and will open from 7am until 11pm from Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 6pm on Sundays.
All employees will be entitled to benefits including shopping discounts and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.
This year saw John Lewis and Waitrose staff receive 17 per cent of their annual wage in bonuses, the equivalent of approximately nine weeks wage.
Waitrose currently has 294 branches across the country.