600 people chased 275 jobs at £20m resort store
SOME 600 people were chasing jobs at Teignmouth's new £20million Morrisons supermarket development, it has been revealed.
The job seekers were looking to get a position in one of the 275 full and part-time vacancies at the store.
The branch, at Broadmeadow, will have a grand opening on Monday. David Cox, former Teignmouth Mayor, said: "This clearly shows there are a lot of people looking for work and it is great news for Teignmouth these jobs have been created."
Karen Brock, personnel manager at the new Teignmouth Morrisons, said: "We feel proud to be creating more than 200 jobs in the local area and it's great to get recognition for this."
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The firm has been working with JobCentre Plus in Newton Abbot and Remploy.
Ms Brock said: "The new staff will be trained in a range of traditional craft skills including butchery, fishmongery and baking."
Lucy Harvey, business manager at Newton Abbott JobCentre Plus, said vacancies ranged from management to team leader and shop assistant roles.
It has helped stage training events since July to train would-be staff in the job skills they may need.
She said two open days at Bitton House, Teignmouth attracted 606 people.
Ms Harvey said: "The people were shown a DVD and given job application forms.
"Job centre staff helped to sift through the applications for interviews that were offered to 350 people."
Cllr Cox said some may consider the jobs to be modest, but work is welcome in West Teignmouth which has a high level of deprivation.
He said: "I am pleased local people have found employment which means so much more than money."
The £20million scheme also included redeveloping other parts of the site, including bringing former playing fields back into use, creating business units and building new roads.
The supermarket has a cafe, petrol station and houses a 'fresh market' stocking more than 550 types of fresh fruit and vegetables and 60 breads.
Store Manager, Steve Dansie, who has worked for Morrisons for more than 20 years, said: "We wanted to create a store which was different, offering customers a fantastic range of fresh products at great value to encourage them to cook from scratch.
"Our Fresh Format store encourages customers to try different products and our specialists are on hand to offer advice and suggest complimentary products."
The store will be opened at 9am by Shirley Porteous from Save the Children, Morrison's official charity partner.