DHL has received more than 5,000 applications for posts at the new Morrisons distribution centre in Bridgewater after the vacancies were advertised in the local media 11 weeks ago.
However, there are only a total of 350 roles currently available. Once the facility is fully operational up to 600 more roles are expected to be created with DHL looking to recruit locally wherever possible.
Other vacancies may be advertised later in the year should positions become available.
The Bridgwater distribution centre will provide goods to more than 60 stores in the South West and Wales and streamline the delivery of services to customer across the region.
“We¹re not only delighted by the high number of applicants from the Bridgwater area, but by their sheer enthusiasm some having walked the entire length of Bridgwater to attend their interview,” said Bob Tanner, operations director, DHL Supply Chain.
“We are still in the early stages of recruitment but are hopeful that a large percentage of the successful applicants will come from Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area.”
Neal Austin, group logistics and supply chain director for Morrisons, added: “I am pleased to hear that there has been such a high level of interest in the variety of jobs that will become available at the distribution centre, particularly from those local to the area.”