John Lewis at home Ashford has announced an overwhelming response from locals to its recruitment drive, with over 1,000 applications received for 125 jobs.
Equivalent to eight applicants for every one retail position available, interest was extremely high to work for John Lewis’s 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 furniture, furnishing accessories, electrical and home technology.
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 have worked closely with the local job centre to ensure we have a workforce that reflects the local community. Those who are successful will benefit from John Lewis’ unique Partnership structure, meaning they will all be co-owners of the business and receive a host of benefits.”
Glynis Gunning-Stevenson, branch manager, John Lewis at home Ashford, said: “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 Partners 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. Having been a Partner with the John Lewis Partnership for over 11 years, I have experienced firsthand the high levels of job satisfaction that a career in retail can offer and I’m very much looking to working with my new team in the run up to opening day.”
The John Lewis recruitment team said it is committed to training staff to achieve the highest level of customer service and build upon John Lewis’s established reputation as one of Britain’s favourite retailers.