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Hundreds to seek jobs at new Bacup supermarket
AROUND 800 people are vying for 110 jobs at a new town centre supermarket.
Morrisons has started recruiting for its Bacup store, between Lee Street and Henrietta Street, ahead of its scheduled summer opening date.
A total of 800 visitors at Bacup and Rawtenstall job centres have expressed an interest in applying for a number of positions at the £7million development.
Managerial positions are already open for application, while a day of interviews and workshops is due to take place at the Bacup Hub in May.
Bosses have also applied to Rossendale Council for a premises licence to sell alcohol between 6am and midnight every day.
A Morrisons spokesman was unable to confirm the exact opening date, but said it was “not unusual” to have such high levels of interest in vacancies.
The company’s battle to build on the 2,020 sq metre site of the former Horace’s nightclub rumbled on from late 2006 until July 2011 when planning permission for the store was finally secured.
Demolition work has been completed, and Coun Jimmy Eaton said people in the town were looking forward to the store’s arrival.
He said: “It’s coming along nicely.
“Just this week some hoardings have gone up and they’re being painted to make the place look more presentable.
“People have said to me they’ll be glad when it opens because better competition means better prices, and more visitors to the town centre.
“Obviously it’s great that so many jobs will be created for local people too.”
Lynn Bolton, from Lancashire Job Centre Plus said: “It’s early days, but we’re delighted at vacancies coming to the area.
“At the moment we’re purely looking to recruit managerial staff.
“But I’m sure it will be a very popular choice when general store recruitment begins,” she added.
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