MORE than 260 people applied for the 15 jobs being created by Tesco in St Annes.
The supermarket giant recorded more than 17 applications for every post at its new store to be opened in St Annes Road West, the site of the town’s former Booths supermarket.
As a result of the number of applications, store manager Gabriela Negoita and her team conducted 161 interviews to ensure that the right people were offered employment.
And to ensure jobs were given to people in the local area, Tesco used St Annes Jobcentre to recruit its staff.
The vacancies were also promoted in the windows of the new store.
This clearly had very positive results, and led to all 15 jobs going to people within the Lytham St Annes community.
The store manager said: “I was overwhelmed with the response we received to our recruitment drive.
“In this time of economic uncertainty, it is great that we are able to create jobs and help get people back into work.
“I am really pleased with my new team and I’m looking forward to working with my new staff.
“We are delighted to be opening a Tesco Express store on St Anne’s Road West, and look forward to playing an active role in the local community.”
The store will serve customers seven days a week from 6am to 11pm every day and is set to be opened on September 16.
It will include a cash machine, National Lottery counter, bakery, beers, wines and spirits, mobile phone top up facilities and two self-service tills.
Booths had been on the site from 1924 until Christmas last year when bosses said it had become “economically unviable” to keep it open.
They blamed parking restrictions in the town centre and the fact they had two larger stores in the vicinity. It was one of several closed across Lancashire at the time.
Ten jobs were lost.
Tesco already operates two Tesco Express stores in St Annes on St David’s Road North and Kilnhouse Lane.