n Recruitment drive proves popular with ten applications for every role at store

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ALTHOUGH not everyone is pleased about a new Tesco Express store opening in Bilton village, more than 200 people applied to work there.

According to bosses at Tesco, it has received more than 200 applications for 21 jobs at the store in Main Street, Bilton.

Tesco has recruited staff from the Rugby area to work at the new supermarket - the opening of which has caused outrage in Bilton.

The supermarket worked with Rugby Job Centre Plus in the recruitment process, as well as advertising in other Tesco stores in the area.

Store manager Daniel Raines said: “I was overwhelmed by the huge response we received to our recruitment drive. In this time of economic uncertainty, it is great that we are able to create jobs for our local community 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 in Bilton, and look forward to playing an active role in the local community.”

Tesco also confirmed that its regular store opening hours will be from 6am to 11pm seven days a week. It will include a cash machine, bakery, alcohol and two self-service tills.

The store will also have six free car parking spaces for customers.

The news of Tesco opening another store in town has not gone down well with many Bilton villagers over the last few weeks with residents saying they will boycott the shop and independent traders worried it will put them out of business.

This week George Compton of Cordelia Way, Rugby, said: “I find the local support shown against the proposal to open a Tesco in Bilton most encouraging.”

It was also revealed last week that Morrison’s is planning on opening a store in town to replace the current Netto shop in Corporation Street.

Mr Compton continued: “The number of supermarket outlets in and proposed for Rugby must be about the largest per head in the country.

“To add insult to injury many of these establishments have introduced self-service tills, which means that the shopper has the dubious opportunity of serving themselves, thus reducing the paid hours for shop workers and eventually costing jobs.”

Although the store in preparing to open various aspects to it still need to be given planning permission.

Rugby borough councillors are due to discuss the Tesco plans at its planning committee meeting on Wednesday next week.

The application has been recommended for approval.