Every little job helps as new Tesco Express store opens in Grimsby
THE official opening of a new Tesco Express in Grimsby proved "every little helps" when it comes to beating unemployment.
Fourteen new members of staff commenced their roles yesterday at the store, which is located inside the former Market Hotel, at the junction of Cromwell Road and Yarborough Road.
As reported, more than 400 people applied for the jobs, with Tesco working in partnership with the Jobcentre to select the best candidates.
Among the new recruits is Vicky Eddom, 23, from Cleethorpes, who has been searching for a permanent job since graduating from Hull University with a psychology degree in 2010.
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She said: "I was working at Pleasure Island but it was only a temporary job and I really wanted something permanent.
"There are just so few good jobs out there, which is why so many applied for positions here.
"I'm working as a customer assistant at the moment and I'm really pleased because Tesco is an excellent company and there are plenty of chances to progress."
Getting a job at the store has meant Brittany King, 19, from Cleethorpes, has stopped claiming Jobseekers Allowance.
Brittany, who had been working part-time at a school uniform shop since finishing her studies at the Grimsby Institute, said: "I've applied for lots of jobs but it's been really hard finding something permanent.
"This was the first proper interview I'd ever had so I was really pleased when I got it.
"Hopefully I'll be able to stay with the company and work my way up."
Another new employee, Tiffany Barney, 17, from Grimsby, is a student at the Grimsby Institute.
Tiffany, who works part-time at Waltham Windmill, said: "A friend of mine works for Tesco and they told me what a good company it is to work for.
"I was really pleased to get the job when so many people applied, I'm really enjoying it so far."
The new Tesco store has a free cash machine, mobile phone top-up facilities, car parking and a bakery, fresh produce, and beers, wines and spirits.
Manager Rob Carley said: "I was amazed by the number of applicants we had for the jobs and we have definitely selected the best people.
"The Market Hotel was at the heart of the local community and we hope the store will also be used by the whole community.
"Great care has been taken to carry out a sympathetic conversion."
As reported, work began on converting the former pub in March, with the rear of the iconic building being extended to house the new store.
The store was officially opened by Mike Gresham and Lynne Lemon, from Grimsby's St Andrew's Hospice, who accepted a £500 donation from Tesco.
Mike said: "It's smashing that we have received this money. Both Tesco and the hospice are at the heart of the community and a lot of people who shop here will know somebody who has been cared for by the hospice."
The store is open every day from 6am to 11pm.