SAINSBURY’S wants as many local people as possible to apply for the 200 jobs at its new store in Kelso when it opens up for applications at the end of this week.
Sainsbury’s told TheSouthern this week that its next wave of local recruitment for the Kelso store will now be posted on its website.
Work is now well under way on the new store at Pinnaclehill, due to open later this year, and store manager Sharon Mathews commented: “The store in Kelso will employ approximately 200 colleagues and there will be a mixture of hours and shift patterns, with full and part time opportunities available.
“I am looking to recruit as many of these vacancies as possible from within Kelso and the surrounding areas. The key members of our management team are already in place.
“Our next wave of recruitment will begin on Friday, when we will be advertising for a large variety of positions.
“We will also be holdfng some drop-in recruitment clinics at Kelso Library, where people will be able to come in and use one of two computers we have reserved for applications, and receive advice and guidance on applications from a member of the Sainsbury’s team.
“We are looking forward to meeting the local community, and we hope that lots of people will apply to be part of our team.”
Kelso’s three Scottish Borders councillors welcomed the news of the new jobs. Councillor Alasdair Hutton told TheSouthern: “This announcement will lift spirits all round coming as it does in our Civic Week and promising a practical boost for the town’s economy.
“I hope the store will employ as many people from the town as it can which will make it easier for people to get to work whatever the weather and make sure that the store can give a high quality of service to shoppers from far afield.”
Councillor Tom Weatherson added: “This is great news for Kelso. In the last few weeks we have had a number of people made redundant and work is difficult to find just now, so this is a welcome boost for the town.
“I sincerely hope we can get the other empty shops in Kelso filled as soon as possible, and keep Kelso the great little market town it is, with a good mix of shops.” Councillor Alec Nicol feels the new jobs may help many of those who lost their work recently with the closure of the Haldanes store in the town.
He said: “I have always maintained that the prospect of these 200 jobs is the up-side of a supermarket coming to the edge of the town.
“And being a mixture of full and part-time work will suit a wide range of people. It is a real opportunity for those who lost their jobs at Haldanes so cruelly and abruptly.”
Sainsbury’s recruitment clinics will be in Kelso Library, Bowmont Street, on Monday, 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm; Tuesday 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 4pm and 5.30pm to 7pm; Tuesday, August 2, 5.30pm to 7pm; and Wednesday, August 3, 10am to 1pm.