350 apply for 7 Accrington pet store jobs

350 apply for 7 Accrington pet store jobs

350 apply for 7 Accrington pet store jobs

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

MORE than 350 job hunters applied for just seven jobs at a new Accrington store.

National pet shop chain Pets At Home has taken over the former United Carpets store, at Eastgate Retail Park, creating seven jobs.

An average of 50 people applied for each position at the 9,335 sq ft store, which will open on Friday, May 23, and has been welcomed by Hyndburn MP Graham Jones.

He said: “It’s an honour to welcome such a prestigious household name to Accrington.

“The new Pets At Home store is a great addition to our existing retail landscape and I’m thrilled that it will provide job opportunities for those wishing to pursue a career in caring for animals.”

Area manager, Gill Parry, added: “There was a strong demand from Accrington pet owners for Pets at Home to come to town, and we’re very pleased to have been able to grant them their wish.

“Pets at Home is committed to recruiting from the local area and I’m pleased we’ve found a team of talented individuals in Accrington. They’re all extremely passionate about pets and can’t wait to get started.”

The new employees will be given the opportunity to gain specialist qualifications in pet care.

Store manager, Amy Angus, has been with Pets at Home for two years, having previously worked at the Preston branch.

She said: “It’s been a busy few months and now my team and I can’t wait to open the doors and welcome our new customers and their pets to the store.”

The shop will provide thousands of dedicated pet products, catering for local dogs, cats, small animals, chickens, reptiles, birds, fish, and wildlife.

A pet grooming salon will also be located in the store. Pets At Home was founded in 1991 and has more than 370 sites across the UK.

It employs more than 6,000 people and won The Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For last year .

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5:36pm Fri 2 May 14

mavrick says...

350 people apply for 7 jobs in Accrington. I think this speaks volumes for the state of the economy in the north west. I wonder what the Tories have to say the remaining 343 people, are they dole scroungers as well?
350 people apply for 7 jobs in Accrington. I think this speaks volumes for the state of the economy in the north west. I wonder what the Tories have to say the remaining 343 people, are they dole scroungers as well? mavrick
  • Score: 8

9:07pm Fri 2 May 14

Kevin, Colne says...

There is an economic recovery taking place but the growth in overall GDP needs to be stated on the basis of per capita GDP and this would reveal a very different picture.

The return to growth is reflected in improved job prospects but the reality as far as I can see is that the key forces that applied prior to the recession are still very much in place. In short, many workers are trapped in a situation that can best be described as wage slaves and tax donkeys. Employers have the power and the bulk of rewards are accruing to capital. It’s a truly terrible situation and quite unlike anything that faced my generation.

The truly extraordinary element in this situation is the total and utter surrender of the mainstream political parties to the idea that this should be acceptable. We are, unfortunately, living through one of those periods when the elites have failed in spectacular fashion yet many citizens seem prepared to participate in voting for representatives of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal-Democrat parties and thus are actively validating this failure.
There is an economic recovery taking place but the growth in overall GDP needs to be stated on the basis of per capita GDP and this would reveal a very different picture. The return to growth is reflected in improved job prospects but the reality as far as I can see is that the key forces that applied prior to the recession are still very much in place. In short, many workers are trapped in a situation that can best be described as wage slaves and tax donkeys. Employers have the power and the bulk of rewards are accruing to capital. It’s a truly terrible situation and quite unlike anything that faced my generation. The truly extraordinary element in this situation is the total and utter surrender of the mainstream political parties to the idea that this should be acceptable. We are, unfortunately, living through one of those periods when the elites have failed in spectacular fashion yet many citizens seem prepared to participate in voting for representatives of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal-Democrat parties and thus are actively validating this failure. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 6

6:49am Sat 3 May 14

Excluded again says...

There is a seeming contraction - the economy as a whole is recovering but most people feel no better or even worse off. This is because the fruits of the economic recovery are being driven straight to the doors of the well off and by-pass ordinary people.

This is not accidental. It has been prepared and planned for by the government over the last four years. So, unless you are wealthy, expect to hear story after story of how Britain is recovering. But don't expect your position to get better any time soon.
There is a seeming contraction - the economy as a whole is recovering but most people feel no better or even worse off. This is because the fruits of the economic recovery are being driven straight to the doors of the well off and by-pass ordinary people. This is not accidental. It has been prepared and planned for by the government over the last four years. So, unless you are wealthy, expect to hear story after story of how Britain is recovering. But don't expect your position to get better any time soon. Excluded again
  • Score: 6

11:46pm Sat 3 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

350 applying it should be a lot more! Every unemployed scrounger should be applying.
350 applying it should be a lot more! Every unemployed scrounger should be applying. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

12:51am Sun 4 May 14

Steven11 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
350 applying it should be a lot more! Every unemployed scrounger should be applying.
And you ?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: 350 applying it should be a lot more! Every unemployed scrounger should be applying.[/p][/quote]And you ? Steven11
  • Score: 1

2:27pm Sun 4 May 14

wilddog says...

7 aint alot for the size of the store! Gonna be quiet is it?
7 aint alot for the size of the store! Gonna be quiet is it? wilddog
  • Score: 0

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