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Hundreds of jobs created at Crayford supermarket

PUBLISHED: 18:07 15 September 2010

Sainsbury's job boost

Sainsbury's job boost

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Hundreds of new jobs have been created despite the business gloom due to the ongoing recession.

Sainsbury’s in Crayford is leading the way as it prepares to unveil an extension at the end of the month making it their largest UK superstore with another 263 jobs created.

It is now a huge 100,000sq ft, making the store 2.5 times bigger, with 686 employees, and is due to open on September 29.

One of the new employees, Dean Madden, 49, from Belverdere, was previously unemployed for ten months, and had applied for more than 100 jobs. He is now general merchandise assistant.

Mr Madden, who had been made redundant in his last job said: “If I won the lottery, I would still want to work, so being unemployed for ten months was really tough for me and my family.

“I heard about the new jobs available at Sainsbury’s, and within a few weeks, I had an interview. It was only my third interview in ten months, but unlike previous interviews, I was made to feel at ease and important.”

“There’s great excitement in the town about the new extended store opening.”

New features include food-to-go and pizza counters, a front-of-store coffee pod and mezzanine featuring a restaurant and the store’s own-brand TU Clothing with exclusive lines.

The Stadium Way store includes a ground source heat exchange using renewable energy and sunpipes to maximise use of natural light and daylight dimming for electric lights to reduce its carbon output meaning the store is environmentally friendly.

Value home and garden retailer Wilkinson is creating 53 news jobs at its new Swanley store, which opened on Tuesday.

The family owned firm which has been trading for 80 years has 10,600sq ft selling space in the town’s shopping centre.

Manager Christopher Evans said the new store was part of plans to have 500 outlets across the nation by 2012.

Also, electronics giant Maplin has just opened a new store in Crayford Road, Dartford, creating 11 new jobs.

reena.kumar@archant.co.uk

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