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Sheringham’s new Tesco attracts 1,300 candidates for 140 jobs

PUBLISHED: 12:41 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:41 08 October 2013

A bird's eye view of tesco as it takes shape at Sheringham. Photo: MIKE PAGE

A bird's eye view of tesco as it takes shape at Sheringham. Photo: MIKE PAGE

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More than 1,300 people applied for 140 new jobs at the Tesco supermarket due to open at Sheringham later this month.

Building work at the Cromer Road site is nearing completion, and the staff taken on by the retail giant are currently undergoing training at other stores.

The Sheringham workforce includes 10 graduates. And the applications included candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, including a bank manager, a lifeboat station manager, ex-army personnel and a lifeguard.

Store manager Simon Nellis, who has worked for Tesco for 23 years, said: “We’re really pleased with the response from our recruitment drive.

“We’ve taken on staff in all positions across the store, from team leaders to check out operators to deli counter staff.”

Recruitment was done through the Job Centre Plus and through Tesco’s online recruitment system.

Due to the high number of applicants more than 400 interviews were carried out before selecting the successful candidates.

Tesco said the Sheringham store team were keen to contribute to the local community and support the causes that matter most to local residents. It would have a dedicated “community champion” to help build relationships and organise community events both within the store and around Sheringham. The champion would also help local organisations apply for funding.

Mr Nellis said: “My team and I are committed to being a good neighbour in Sheringham and we will work hard to provide the best possible service”.

The store - which was built after some fierce local opposition and a planning battle lasting a decade - will have an in-store bakery, hot deli counter and a fresh olive salad bar.

It will be open from 7am-11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

13 comments

  • For me a job is 'full-time' e.g. 40 hours PW, anyway,the fact that so many people 'applied' is I would suggest more to do with job-seekers 'having to apply', rather then being qualified to actually carry out the role.... Just my two old pennies worth

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    Patrick Beane

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • Just because the store is there, does not mean you have to use it.!!

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    peter99

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • What happened to the 240 jobs promised during the planning process?

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    suffin else

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • Can't wait for it to open. I predict it will be heaving with customers. So much for people not wanting it!

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • All the new development we ever see these days seems to be new Tescos and rabbit hutch housing. You can't produce real growth and jobs just with retail and housing. We need to see some new mittelstand round here! Get the monster international corporations paying their tax and reduce it for small and medium enterprises.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • Can't wait for it to open. I predict it will be heaving with customers. So much for people not wanting it!

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • Why do we keep hearing unemployment figure are going down? Are they heck as like as this article clearly demonstrates.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • I wonder how many of the applicants argued against the store? In any event, it's still 140 more jobs than there were.

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    Andy T

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • How many of the 140 jobs went to people who were registered unemployed? and How many of the 140 jobs are full time? ie 40 hours PW.

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    Hugh

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • A lot of applications for a town who didn't want it

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    JO

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • What bothers me is how do Tesco always get its own way? The local council was adamant there would never be a Tesco in Sheringham. What changed that? How does this company seemingly never lose a planning application?

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    Mel Lacey

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

  • With nearly 10 times the number of people applying for the jobs at the store just think how many more might have applied when we have all those new houses built. Oh, I forgot, the government have probably thought about this already.....not.

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    JEN

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • Can't wait for it to open. I predict it will be heaving with customers. So much for people not wanting it!

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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