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More than 2,500 residents apply for 100 jobs at Debenhams Newport

With the anticipation of one of the UK’s most renowned department stores coming to Newport heating up, Debenhams can reveal that more than 2,500 local residents applied for just 100 positions at the new store.
The Debenhams store, which is opening at the new Friars Walk development on Thursday 12 November, has received a total of 2,711 applications for the wide variety of exciting careers on offer and more than 1,100 local Newport residents have applied to be a sales advisor at the store.
Due to the sheer volume of applications, recruitment has been suspended as the Newport team continue to review applications and conduct telephone interviews.  For those lucky enough to be considered for a position at the store, they will be invited for a series of group assessments at the end of August and successful applicants will be awarded with a highly rewarding career with one of the country’s more prestigious department stores.
The store’s newly appointed manager, Clare Filer, is thrilled with the phenomenal response to the jobs on offer.
She said: "It has been all go with our recruitment drive for our new Newport store. We've received more than 2,500 applications so far and lots of interest in the careers on offer.
"The standard of applications has been exceptional and we are really looking forward to inviting our new team members into the store.
"Those that are successful and chosen to work at our Newport store will receive five weeks' introductory training, in addition to continual development throughout their career, all to ensure they have the very best skills and are developed to their full potential."

Debenhams Newport will be the anchor tenant at the new 390,000 sq ft Friars Walk shopping and leisure park located in the heart of Newport.   The £100m Friars Walk development is set to be one of only three shopping centres forecast to open in the UK in 2015 and will see Newport becoming one of the top shopping destinations in the country.
The new store will showcase Debenhams’ exclusive designer ranges from fashion designers such as Jasper Conran, Ben De Lisi and of course, the stylish collection from South Wales native Julien MacDonald – who is set to help officially open the store.
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About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of over 240 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.
Debenhams has been investing in design for over 21 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Sadie Frost and Jemima French, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Stephen Jones, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Laura Oakes, Jenny Packham, Ren Pearce and Andrew Fionda, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas, Justin Thornton, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.
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