Aldeburgh: Half of workers at new Tesco store already employed by supermarket giant

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Only half the jobs at a controversial supermarket under construction at Aldeburgh will be new posts, according to the store’s operators.

Planners were told the town’s new Tesco Express would create 20 jobs, but the company has now admitted that nine of these will be filled by people already employed by the firm transferring from its other outlets.

Eleven new jobs are being created at the store in Saxmundham Road from the local population to bring a community feel to the store.

But the other posts will be recruited internally – from people transferring from other supermarkets.

The 378 sq m store, which will open seven days a week, is being built on the former Crossways garage, Aldeburgh Service Station, site.

The project also includes six flats.

Tesco’s application split the town with some people in favour and also fierce opposition with more than 1,000 people signing a petition in support of Aldeburgh’s independent stores, while traders feared the supermarket giant’s presence could destroy the town’s unique character.

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Store manager Carl Hudson, who has worked at Tesco since 2012, said: “I have been thrilled by the response we are receiving to our recruitment drive.

“In this time of economic uncertainty, it is great that we are able to create jobs for our local community and help get people back into work.

“We are really looking forward to providing an excellent service to our local community.

“The successful 11 applicants will receive full training, at nearby stores to offer the best customer service possible. The new staff will be joined by experienced staff transferring from local stores to create the best team to serve the Aldeburgh community.”

Despite being granted specific opening hours at part of the planning consent, the company is already trying to extend them before the store is open.

Suffolk Coastal councillors are being asked today to approve proposals to open on Sundays and Bank Holidays until 10pm, instead of 7pm, in line with the approved Monday to Saturday hours.

Aldeburgh Town Council and the Aldeburgh Society have objected to the move because of concern about the risk of anti-social behaviour in a predominantly residential area and disruption to householders from increased traffic.