Thousands apply for work at new Primark store

The Edinburgh store will open in December

THOUSANDS of people applied for just 500 positions at a new store in Edinburgh.

Primark will open their flagship Scottish shop on December 10 but the retailer has revealed that already eight people were competing for every job.

The Princes Streetstore will employ 557 staff, but bosses received almost 4,500 applications.

A spokesman for Primark said: “We have been very impressed with the high quantity and calibre of applications received.

“We have recruited a total of 557 management and staff in ourPrinces Streetstore and received almost 4,500 applications for these positions.

“It clearly shows that the people of Edinburgh are not only excited about Primark’s arrival, but that they are equally interested in working with Primark.

“The new store, which covers 75,000 sq ft of retail space over five floors, will bring strong economic benefits to the city and will also help revitalise the shopping experience in the city centre.”

The arrival of the Primark Princes Street store is being warmly welcomed by the City of Edinburgh Council, which highlighted the significant economic and employment benefits that the company will bring to the city in December.

Councillor Tom Buchanan, Convenor of the Council’s Economic Development committee, said: “The new Primark store is an exciting flagship development for the city which is eagerly anticipated by many shoppers in the area.

“Clearly, it’s also very attractive to jobseekers and I’m pleased that there’s been such a strong level of interest. Both the development of the store and the ongoing employment it will provide are of great economic benefit to Edinburgh.”

TheEdinburghstore will be Primark’s 19th store in Scotland.  Primark currently has 226 stores in Ireland, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Belgium