A new Tesco Express store soon to open in Leyland has received more than 900 applications for 11 new jobs - over 80 applicants per position.
Store manager Andrew Markillie has recruited staff from the local area to work in the new shop on the corner of Canberra Road and Turpin Green Lane.
Andrew, who has worked at Tesco for eight years, said: “The response to our recruitment process has been fantastic. As a store we are delighted to be creating additional jobs for our local community and for local people, helping them back into employment.
“I am thrilled with the new team and I am confident that we will provide the best possible service to our customers.”
He added: “We are delighted to be opening a Tesco Express store on Turpin Green Lane, and we look forward to playing an active role in the local community.”
Store opening hours will be seven days a week from 6am until 11pm, and the shop will have a cash machine, self-service tills, a Click and Collect facility, and a bakery.
Parking will also be available in front of the store, and it is expected that the shop will open in the next few weeks.
But residents leaving near the building, which was widely opposed when plans were submitted to South Ribble Council, have spoken of their anger at how large the shop is.
Members of the Leyland Memories Facebook group also argue that the size of the building makes approaching the mini roundabout dangerous for drivers, and for pedestrians wanting to cross the busy road.
When the council granted planning permission in 2012, it said highways improvements should be carried out.
These included relocating a giveway line on Canberra Road; providing a new raised island on Canberra Road, providing a white line ghost island on Turpin Green Lane; relocating a traffic island on Turpin Green Lane; and making alterations to the nearby zebra crossing.
What people are saying about the new Tesco:
Karen Dean: “I just can’t understand how planning permission was passed for this hideous and hazardous building.”
Barry Clare: “Most of us expected to see a little Tesco the size of the original garage forecourt shop,leaving some room for parking and reasonable view for motorists’ axial vision approaching an already dangerous main junction. Instead we have a ridiculous tower block occupying the end of the apex making the junction more dangerous still as there is no vision for motorists at all. Young mothers and children will be extremely vulnerable pedestrians as they cross Leyland Way and proceed up Canberra Road to school amidst nightmare traffic chaos and commercial vehicles too.”
Nikki Miller: “I noticed road markings yesterday. They are bringing the cars a lot closer to the roundabout to compensate for the loss of vision caused by that massive building.”