370 jobs as new Midlothian Asda opens

The new Asda superstore opens on Monday creating around 370 new jobs.

About half of the 748 people who applied to work at the Straiton retail outlet, were unemployed, according to the store’s deputy manager Mat Danes.

He told Loanhead and District Community Council last week that 300 people had been offered work with a further 20 vacancies still to be filled. An extra 50 would be employed in the customer restaurant and as cleaning staff.

Mr Danes said so far 52 per cent of the employees were men and the age range had been “split evenly across the board”.

He was unable to say how many people would be working full-time or part-time.

Chairman Pat Kenny said the community council had been keen to see local people employed at the store, which will be officially opened at 10am.

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