Store takes on 125 workers
More than 100 people have obtained jobs at a food store which opens next month.
Waitrose said most of the post have gone to local people, with 90 per cent of the staff appointed living within 15 miles of the supermarket, in Springfield Street, Market Harborough.
The store will open its doors to customers on Thursday September 27.
Hundreds of people told Harborough District Council they approved of the supermarket chain opening a store in the town.
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They supported the planning application after visiting a public exhibition just over a year ago.
Branch manager Loretta Taylor said: "Our policy is to recruit locally and give the shop a real local identity, so we are delighted that we have been able to employ such a large number of people in close proximity to the branch."
Nearly 700 people applied for the 125 full and part-time jobs that were on offer.
Ms Taylor said: "Everyone in the town seems really excited about our arrival.
"We are looking forward to contributing to the success of Market Harborough as a thriving retail destination when we open on September 27."
She said the staff would receive training ahead of the opening and new employees would become partners in the John Lewis Partnership which incorporates Waitrose.
That will entitle them to say in how the business is run.
They will be eligible for shopping and leisure discounts and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.
This year, each employee received 14 per cent of their annual wage in bonus.
The 14,827sq ft store will be the second largest shop in town behind the nearby Sainsbury's. It will include a delicatessen, meat and fish counters.
Free parking will be available for 185 vehicles on a site that is shared with the Aldi supermarket.
Harborough district councillor Phil Knowles said: "Waitrose is to be congratulated in recruiting such a large proportion of the workforce from the area."
He said the district's economy would be boosted by a company providing jobs in the retail sector which was under pressure because of the economic situation.
Mr Knowles, who lives in East Langton, said: "Hopefully, the new supermarket will bring more shoppers into the town and help the viability of other shops."