At least 450 people have applied for 30 jobs in Limavady, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.
‘Bob & Berts’ already has outlets throughout the North Coast including Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Ballycastle.
The business is adding Limavady to its list of locations, opening a new store in the next two to three weeks in what used to be the former Crumpet cafe on Market Street.
Work on the new store is well underway and managing director, Colin McClean hopes the first cup of coffee will be served in the last week of July.
Of the jobs created at the Limavady location, some positions will be full-time, some part-time, and the remainder will be weekend/student work.
Mr McClean said there has been huge interest in the positions since news of the new venture.
“It’s an exciting time, and we hope to open in the next two to three weeks. We’ve been inundated with applications which is quite unusual. I think it’s because of the number of jobs we are creating in Limavady - hopefully it will be over 30 jobs,” Mr McClean told the ‘Journal’.
Last month, Mr McClean told the ‘Journal’ 200 people had already submitted applications prior to the official start of recruitment www.derryjournal.com/news/more-than-200-apply-for-30-bob-berts-jobs-1-6793623
However, when recruitment officially started just a few days ago, that number has rocketed, more than doubling to 450.
“We’re probably into 400, 450 with a variety of full time, lots of students applying as well,” said Mr McClean. “We’re flushing through those applications. It will take some time, but we will go through them all.”
(Full story in Friday’s Journal)