600 job applications for Waitrose at Kings Hill

Waitrose has today confirmed that it has received 634 job applications for the 57 jobs created at its new shop in Kings Hill.

The 6,000sq ft shop will be the twelfth Waitrose store to open in Kent, marking the retailer’s commitment to investment in the local area.

President of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Christopher Page, says:

“We welcome further investment by Waitrose in Kent with the opening if its new store in Kings Hill. Waitrose's expansion in the county is further recognition that the developing local economy provides the ideal environment in which to live and work.”

Store Manager Stuart Walker says:

“We are thrilled to be opening in Kings Hill and believe that our presence here will be a beneficial addition to the area, making it much easier for those wishing to shop with us.

“We have been overwhelmed by the volume and calibre of the applications and I can’t wait to work with such a talented team. Everyone begins their training on Monday 21st November, when they will get to know one another and pick up the customer service skills that Waitrose is often recognised for.”

Waitrose has worked with Job Centre Plus to fill a number of vacancies at its Kings Hill store and looks to recruit locally where possible, through its website,

All new employees will become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership, entitling them to say in how the business is run, shopping and leisure discounts and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.

Partners also have access to more than 5,000 learning courses through the Partnership's Learning Centre, which is funded by the business to support personal development and will be encouraged to pursue a range of career progression opportunities including management and supervisor roles. 

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