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Supermarket chain delivers 25 new jobs for Accrington
9:00pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 in News
SUPERMARKET giant Asda has opened up a home shopping deliveries depot in Accrington, creating 25 jobs in the area.
The superstore already offers groceries to be delivered to homes in the Hyndburn area, but up until now, the goods have come from neighbouring stores.
The new depot also means more home deliveries can be made in the area, as previously shopping was delivered from the Rawtenstall or Colne stores.
Store Manager Mike Hockney said: "It's great news for the local area, and I'm confident that we'll expand the business further in the future."
The store, which has been open in the town for approximately 30 years, already employed 375 people. The supermarket has been under more competition of late with the opening of Morrisons last year, and the large Tesco the previous year in Accrington.
Gill Spear, 43, from Great Harwood, who has worked at the store for 24 years, was one of the successful applicants.
She said: "I was really delighted to open this new department. We are all very excited."
The jobs created include 18 part time positions and seven full-time. New starters have been taken on to work both in the new home shopping department and in the main body of the store to replace staff like Gill who have been transferred across.
Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said he was pleased at the creation of the jobs in the town.
He said: “The new jobs are so important to the area right now. Unemployment is high, particularly youth unemployment.
“It is excellent news that retail jobs have been created and will help ease the pressure on the job market locally, which is extremely competitive.”
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