Lidl would create 40 new jobs for 'locals'

PUBLISHED: 11:46 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

LIDL said this week it was committed to employing up to 40 people from Exmouth if a new store is given the go-ahead. Town councillors last week supported plans for a 1,272sq m budget food store in Dinan Way on a shared site with a new 4,314sq m Eurote

LIDL said this week it was committed to employing up to 40 people from Exmouth - if a new store is given the go-ahead.Town councillors last week supported plans for a 1,272sq m budget food store in Dinan Way - on a shared site with a new 4,314sq m Eurotech factory. Now the plans have to be passed by district planners.The proposal is to demolish the existing factory on the Salterton Road site to make space for a replacement unit and a superstore.Town councillor Steve Gazzard said, following a meeting at the town hall with Lidl representatives, he was 'pleased' with the company's policy of staffing stores with residents from the immediate vicinity."I was particularly impressed with their commitment to the town," he said.He also felt that Lidl's policy of 'unified pricing' - ensuring prices were consistent across all stores - was a "positive" move.Oliver McGuiness, development manager at Lidl, told the Journal the company did not have any hard and fast rules about employing local people, because of not wanting to fall foul of employment legislation.However, he added: "We always try to ensure we employ people from the immediate area of the store."Although there is no written rule about this, it is something we have found works well."First of all, though, we would have to ensure the 140 or so jobs at Eurotech are safe and then we would be looking to employ an additional 30 to 40 full and part-time people."Lidl is also known for paying a higher hourly rate than some of its rivals.


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