500 apply for 30 retail jobs in Longford

Shaws will locate their store in the former Centra premises on the Market Square. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Two major retail firms on the brink of moving to Longford have received up to 500 CVs for just 30 full and part time positions, the Leader can exclusively reveal.

Two major retail firms on the brink of moving to Longford have received up to 500 CVs for just 30 full and part time positions, the Leader can exclusively reveal.

Leading department chain Shaws are presently running the rule with over 250 applications for 15 sales assistant posts after the closing date for submissions last Friday.

Retail Director Ian Fanning said the level of interest shown was especially pleasing despite the retailer’s Market Square store still another five weeks from opening.

Discount chain, €urogiant are slightly more advanced in their recruitment drive as they put the finishing touches to the company’s expansion to Longford in a little over a week’s time.

Project Manager Paul Kelly confirmed all 15 vacancies at its N4 Axis Centre premises have already been filled, including three full-time and 12 part-time posts.

In total the firm received 231 applications, 183 of which came via online recruitment vehicle Jobs.ie. A further 20 CVs were posted while 18 letters were physically handed in by interested jobseekers.

Another addition to Longford’s expanding retail industry is frozen food chain, Iceland. A spokeswoman said the supermarket giant was not in a position to release exact figures of how many people had applied, but admitted “a lot of interest” had been shown in the projected 15 jobs it expects to create between now and Christmas.

Longford Chamber of Commerce President Seamus Butler said the response was very much symptomatic of the economic challenges many people still find themselves in.

“It’s indicative of the times we are in,” he said. “Obviously they (retailers) are not going to accomodate 500 but even 20 to 30 new jobs being created is positive.”