STORE bosses have revealed the sheer number of people who applied for 150 jobs at their new Hartlepool branch on the day that they unveiled more details of their opening day.
The town branch of The Range will be unveiled on the Tees Bay Retail Park, in Brenda Road, on Friday, August 17.
The Plymouth-based owner of the company, Chris Dawson, will be there for the unveiling and the opening ceremony will be performed by the chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher and Consort Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher.
Signs have now gone up in Hartlepool to say The Range is coming soon and Mr Dawson praised the welcome his firm has received.
“I would like to thank the council for welcoming us to Hartlepool with such open arms. We are very pleased to be able to create a number of local jobs and are confident this store will play a big part in the continued success of The Range brand across the UK.”
He added: “We would like to welcome the locals to the store opening, so they can see first-hand what we are about and the great quality and value products we can offer them.”
His words came as more details were revealed on the numbers of people who applied for the jobs on offer.
More than 2,500 people put their names forward.
Staff at The Range found themselves dealing with applications being sent via post, email and even social media sites, with thousands applying before a date of application had even been released.
A Range spokesperson said: “We are very pleased to be involved in helping members of the community back to work, and we are extremely excited at the calibre of employees we have gained.”