More than 900 applicants for ten jobs at new DFS

New 'dfs' sofa store at Broadwater Way Eastboutrne. March 13th 2013 E11123P
New 'dfs' sofa store at Broadwater Way Eastboutrne. March 13th 2013 E11123P

More than 900 people applied for 10 jobs at Eastbourne’s new DFS store.

The sofa store is due to open on the small retail park in Broadwater Way, near Sainsbury’s, on March 29.

It is opening in the former Comet store, which went under at the end of last year.

The new DFS store has created 10 new jobs and had an overwhelming response to the vacancies.

Management for the new store said interest was ‘strong locally’ with more than 900 applications received - giving candidates a 1.1 per cent chance of being employed at the new store.

The number of applicants shows the struggle faced by job seekers in the town.

High unemployment rates have been well documented by the media and Eastbourne has not escaped the problems.

However, the latest jobless figures, released in January this year, showed a 4.7 per cent drop in the number of people claiming job seekers allowance in the 12 months from December 2011 to December 2012.

DFS says it has given the jobs to local people and is promising the new Eastbourne store will become an ‘integral part of the local community’.

DFS regional manager Tom Roffey said, “I’m looking forward to the opening as we’ve recruited a great bunch of people from the local community.”

Store manager Ryan Heaton added, “We’re really looking forward to bringing DFS to Eastbourne. “