800 Apply For Just 85 Jobs At New Tesco

Nearly 800 people applied for just 85 jobs at a new Tesco Metro store which opened in Bournemouth this morning.

The supermarket's moved into the space which was occupied by Borders in the town centre.

Store Manager Steve Thomson said: "I was overwhelmed by the incredible response to our recruitment drive.  In this time of economic uncertainty, it is great that we are able to create jobs and help people get back into work."

As part of it’s opening, a local community group has also been awarded a £1,000 funding boost.

The foundation - an independent charitable trust formed ten years ago - supports community initiatives across the whole of Dorset.

Store Manager Steven Thomson has presented representatives with a giant cheque. He said:

“We wanted to donate to the Community Foundation as they do such great work for local charities and organisation.

“We are all really excited and cannot wait to open our doors and we’ll strive to offer great value for money with fantastic customer service for people living or working in the area who want a convenient place to shop for all their household and family needs."

He added: “My colleagues and I are looking forward to welcoming our customers into the new store and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community.”

As well as all the everyday, essential items you can expect from Tesco, the new 12,000 square foot Metro store will stock a range of health and beauty products, homeware, stationary, DVDs, books and games. In addition to this the store will offer shoppers a range of beers, wines and spirits, freshly baked products and hot chicken and pie counters

The store will be open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 11am - 5pm on Sundays.