More than 150 queue for just four jobs at Northampton shopping centre store

The CeX store in Weston Favell Shopping Centre held an open recruitment day yesterday - with 150 people lining up for just four positions.
The CeX store in Weston Favell Shopping Centre held an open recruitment day yesterday - with 150 people lining up for just four positions.

A 150-strong queue which formed outside a Northampton gadget recycling shop yesterday was not the result of a fire sale - it was because four jobs were up for grabs.

Franchisee of the CeX store at Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Mark Jones, said he was astonished when he saw the lines of people waiting to attend an open recruitment evening on Friday.

Cex at Weston Favell Shopping Centre.

Cex at Weston Favell Shopping Centre.

The shop buys, sells and exchanges phones, video games, movies, computers, cameras and digital electronics and is one of 400 stores across the UK.

Mr Jones said: “I know people love the brand, but I expected about 20 to 30 people to turn up and I thought that would have been good.

“To have a queue snaking around the centre was amazing, I nearly fainted when we opened the door and saw the number of people, it took us over two-and-a-half hours to process everyone but I am delighted they came and look forward to welcoming them to the team soon.”

Many of the people in the queue were already in work but wanted to swap jobs to join CeX, store Manager, Andy Stratford said.

“I think the fact that we are talking about games, DVDs, mobile phones and of course we have to test everything so you can be spending your days one minute playing FIFA on a games console to see if it works and the next downloading an app on a phone,” he added as to why so many people were be attracted to the job.

“Obviously its hard work and you are on your feet all day but it is great fun.”

The store is now sifting through 109 applications and hopes to make a decision on the successful applications within the next week.