MORE than 500 people have applied for jobs in just two weeks at a new supermarket to open in Kirkintilloch next month.
Up to 30 members of staff are expected to be employed at the new Lidl, which will open on the former bus depot site in Milton Road, on Thursday, November 21.
Lidl bosses say the response for jobs at the new store is “unprecedented”.
Various positions are up for grabs, from store assistants to managerial roles.
And the company hopes to fill the majority of the vacancies from applications within the local area.
Alasdair Fowle, Lidl’s PR manager for Scotland, said: “We have received a lot of positive feedback from the local community regarding our new store, so we expected demand to be high for the job vacancies, but to receive over 500 in just two weeks is unprecedented.
“Due to the high demand we will be closing our application process for this new store shortly to allow us to start processing the current applications.
“We are looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming the community of Kirkintilloch to their new Lidl store”.
The new store will also include a bakery.
Ross Millar, managing director of Lidl Scotland said: “It’s been a tough few years for everyone in Scotland, but Lidl has continued to grow from strength to strength.
“I am delighted to be finally opening a store in Kirkintilloch, creating up to 30 new permanent jobs, which is positive news in the current climate.
“I look forward to meeting as many of the local residents as possible on the opening day.”
Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor John Dempsey said: “I’m delighted Lidl is opening on the site, it’s been derelict for about 20 years.
“It’s on the bus route for the villages and it will be good for young families who won’t have to go out of the area to do their shopping.”
Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod said: “I am delighted Lidl has chosen Kirkintilloch to open their latest store. They will bring with them not only the initial construction jobs, but quality retail and security positions, which will include training and potential careers within a respected international company.”
The Milton Road site was used by Lawson’s Buses before being taken over by First.
However, rationalisation meant the site closed in the 1990s.
Lidl submitted a planning application to build on the site in 2010. Fastfood chain KFC also submitted plans, but last year said it was no longer interested in the development.
Lidl has more than 590 stores in the UK.
It’s understood there is also land allocated at the back of the Milton Road site for industrial units.
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