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Eighty per cent of jobs at new Widnes Tesco go to local people
FINISHING touches are being made to the £40 million 24-hour Tesco Extra store in Widnes which opens in three weeks.
Around 80 per cent of the 400 jobs have gone to local residents.
Bosses interviewed 600 applicants for the first 280 jobs and 100 people who have been out of work for more than 12 months have been recruited.
Store manager Ian Brougham, who joined Tesco as a part-time sixth-form student 25 years ago, said: “I’m really pleased with the team we have put together and I’m confident that many will take advantage of the development and training opportunities available to them.
“Hopefully some will go on to be managers in the future.”
Staff from the store have been liaising with local charities, organisations and Halton Council to help Tesco become part of the local community.
A £1,000 charity donation will be made when the store opens on March 26 and shoppers will be inivted to join in with the celebrations and enjoy complimentary refreshments.