1300 applicants for supermarket jobs

Store manager Paul Wallace  outside the Countdown South Dunedin supermarket which will open in...
Store manager Paul Wallace outside the Countdown South Dunedin supermarket which will open in June. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The checkout staff are checking in.

More than 1300 people, most of them from Dunedin, have applied for 100 full-time and part-time jobs at the city's newest supermarket, Countdown Dunedin South in Andersons Bay Rd.

As of yesterday, 1343 applications had been received, store manager Paul Wallace said.

Another 21 positions, most senior roles such as department managers, had already been filled by Countdown staff transferring from other Dunedin supermarkets.

While some of the new jobs had also been filled, applications would remain open until next week, he said.

The supermarket was expected to open in mid-June and most staff would start work by the middle of next month.

Mr Wallace said he was not surprised by the large number of applicants given the experiences of other supermarkets and retail outlets opening new stores.

Nearly 2000 people applied for about 100 jobs on offer at Bunnings' new Dunedin store two years ago.

The quality of Countdown's job-seekers was high, Mr Wallace said.

"We've got really good applications - really, really good people. There have been very few time-wasters."

Many of those seeking work were secondary school pupils or tertiary students seeking part-time jobs, he said.

The $10 million supermarket, near Hillside Rd, will be the fifth Countdown supermarket in Dunedin and Mosgiel.

The Countdown supermarket at the Musselburgh Rise end of Andersons Bay Rd will continue to operate.


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