Tesco received 5,000 applications for the 350 jobs created at its new store opening at a £50 million shopping development.
Bosses at the supermarket, which opens in Stourbridge at the end of the month, were inundated with almost 15 job hunters chasing each one of the available positions. And today they also revealed their hopes that other shop units built as part of the Crown Centre complex would help to create 50 jobs.
Seven units have been marketed by Birmingham-based BWD retail property consultants which has received both local and national interest in the site.
Three other units will be taken by Kents Barbers, Cafe Rimski and Eyewise Opticians.
Preparations are under way for the Tesco Extra store to open at 8am on October 31, with all the staff now having been trained.
Forty-five of the positions have gone to young people, offering them their first foot on the employment ladder, while 100 of the new recruits took part in a Regeneration Partnership programme, which ring-fenced a number of the available jobs for the long-term unemployed.
Successful candidates were recruited for a variety of different roles from team leaders to fishmongers and customer assistants.
Two weeks ago 98 newly-appointed staff attended a workers graduation event at the Town Hall within the Crown Centre development.
Store manager, Sadie Griffiths, of Cradley Heath, who has worked for Tesco for 18 years, said: “I am absolutely delighted with our new team
“We hope that the store will become an integral part of the local community, not only offering local employment but also a great place pick up fresh produce, groceries and essentials.”