John Lewis has received an “overwhelming” response to its recruitment drive for its new ‘at home’store in Ashford, with over 1,000 applications for 125 jobs.
Equivalent to eight applicants for every one retail position available, John Lewis said “interest is extremely high” to work at its tenth ‘at home’ shop which is due to open before the end of the year.
Located on a site close to junction 9 of the M20 in Kent, John Lewis at home Ashford will focus on housewares, furniture, furnishing accessories, electrical and home technology.
Commenting on the recruitment process, Rebekah Hawley, personnel growth manager at John Lewis, said: “We’ve been extremely impressed with the calibre of candidates who have applied for positions at our new ‘at home’ shop in Ashford and we’ve worked closely with the local job centre to ensure we have a workforce that reflects the local community.”
Branch manager Glynis Gunning-Stevenson added: “It’s fantastic to be offering a significant number of new jobs to people in the Kent area. We’re looking for a mixture of staff from diverse backgrounds who all understand the importance of delivering outstanding customer service and have the enthusiasm, energy and flexibility to embrace our co-owned business model.”