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Hundreds apply for supermarket jobs

PUBLISHED: 14:28 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:40 23 August 2010

GRAND OPENING: Tesco staff cut the ribbon on the new store.

GRAND OPENING: Tesco staff cut the ribbon on the new store.

HUNDREDS of applicants applied for just 20 positions at a new supermarket. The Tesco Express store in Perry Street, Northfleet, opened on Tuesday at 8am and was followed by an official ribbon cutting ceremony. New Tesco store manager Lorraine Salmon sai

HUNDREDS of applicants applied for just 20 positions at a new supermarket.

The Tesco Express store in Perry Street, Northfleet, opened on Tuesday at 8am and was followed by an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

New Tesco store manager Lorraine Salmon said all the staff live in the area and were recruited through Job Centre Plus and demand for jobs had been high.

She said: "I was overwhelmed by the huge response we received to our recruitment drive. We received hundreds of applications, so many that I can't begin to count them.

"In this time of economic uncertainty, it is great that we are able to create jobs and help get people back into work."

"We've recruited a great team of people and I'm looking forward to working with my new staff. We are delighted to be opening a Tesco Express store on Perry Street, and look forward to playing an active role in the local community.

She added: "Myself and the store staff are looking forward to welcoming customers into the new store and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community."

Helene Gawel, a corporate fundraiser for EllenorLions Hospices was guest of honour at the opening where she was presented with a £500 cheque.

The store chose to donate to EllenorLions Hospices as part of its commitment to supporting the local community.

She said: "I am delighted that EllenorLions Hospices will benefit from the opening of the new store and would like to thank Tesco for their support. The money will be of great help to us, and is much appreciated."

By taking over the vacant building left Baldwin and Sons closed, it will be just yards from a Co-op store.

Currently Tesco has stores in Valley Drive and New Road, Gravesend.

The new store opens from 6am to 11pm, seven days a week and will have the added convenience of a free cash machine, bakery and beers, wines and spirits.

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