Pitsea Tesco refit opens 40 new jobs with new departments

Southend Standard: Pitsea Tesco refit opens 40 new jobs with new departments Pitsea Tesco refit opens 40 new jobs with new departments

MORE than 600 people applied for just 40 positions at a supersized supermarket which has undergone its first re-fit since it opened 15 years ago.

Shoppers at Pitsea’s Tesco Extra, one of the largest of its types in the country, can now enjoy the revamped supermarket which has just undergone a 13 week makeover.

As well as boasting a wealth of new departments such as a Baby World and a new clothing range customers can also pop in to get a spray tan or get their hair done at the new Regis hairdressers.

There is also a new beauty section with make-up artists on hand to offer any advice and help as the festive season approaches and the upstairs cafe has also been revamped.

Michael Last, who has been manager of the store since January, said the experience of the re-fit had been a challenge but his staff had taken it in their stride.

He said: “We are really pleased with the results of the refit. This has been a really exciting time for the store and our customers have all been really positive about the results.

“We are now totally up-to-date with other leading Tesco stores and it’s good to see lots of people coming through the doors.

"Trade has not gone down while we were having the re-fit and its good to be getting on and trading.

“The store has been transformed and is now a bright and airy place to come along to and all the feedback has been great so far.”

As part of the store re-launch Tesco also donated £1000 to St Luke’s Hospice, based in Nethermayne, Basildon, to mark the re-launch of the store on Monday.

The store also gave £1000 to Basildon Council to support the Pitsea Community Christmas event which is taking place on Saturday (Dec 1).

All the fixtures and fittings in the shop were also replaced and the fruit and vegetables department was re-done.

Michael Starr, the refit manager, who manages the Tesco Extra in Dover, was brought in to help look after the refit and he said the store looked much better for it.

Shopper Victoria Tshabuluha, 41, who is a mother of four, lives in Bowers Gifford, and she said: “The new store look is really nice and more relaxing, it’s great for the local area to have new jobs at the store, especially for mums who might want to work a few hours a week.”

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3:05pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

it looks really good in there now as supermarkets go. Loads of room has magically appeared.

Well done Tesco
it looks really good in there now as supermarkets go. Loads of room has magically appeared. Well done Tesco Eric Whim
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4:01pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Audioman says...

Give that Jason from Comets a job there cleaning the toilets
Give that Jason from Comets a job there cleaning the toilets Audioman
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4:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Barry Bas says...

"MORE than 600 people applied for just 40 positions at a supersized supermarket which has undergone its first re-fit since it opened 15 years ago."

It might be 15 years since it opened as a Tesco Extra but there has been a Tesco store on that site a lot longer than that.
"MORE than 600 people applied for just 40 positions at a supersized supermarket which has undergone its first re-fit since it opened 15 years ago." It might be 15 years since it opened as a Tesco Extra but there has been a Tesco store on that site a lot longer than that. Barry Bas
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4:29pm Wed 28 Nov 12

J_blond says...

Also like to point out that the store had a major re-fit in 2005, that's when they put the Mez floor in.

So it's the second major refit in 15 years...
Also like to point out that the store had a major re-fit in 2005, that's when they put the Mez floor in. So it's the second major refit in 15 years... J_blond
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4:31pm Wed 28 Nov 12

black jack ketchum says...

Barry Bas wrote:
"MORE than 600 people applied for just 40 positions at a supersized supermarket which has undergone its first re-fit since it opened 15 years ago."

It might be 15 years since it opened as a Tesco Extra but there has been a Tesco store on that site a lot longer than that.
Thats what I thought, I moved down here in 1994 & it was there then!
[quote][p][bold]Barry Bas[/bold] wrote: "MORE than 600 people applied for just 40 positions at a supersized supermarket which has undergone its first re-fit since it opened 15 years ago." It might be 15 years since it opened as a Tesco Extra but there has been a Tesco store on that site a lot longer than that.[/p][/quote]Thats what I thought, I moved down here in 1994 & it was there then! black jack ketchum
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4:36pm Wed 28 Nov 12

themarinadog says...

We moved away in 1989 and it must have open for nearly 10yrs before that.
We moved away in 1989 and it must have open for nearly 10yrs before that. themarinadog
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4:55pm Wed 28 Nov 12

StuckInTraffic says...

Tesco in Pitsea opened in 1978.
Tesco in Pitsea opened in 1978. StuckInTraffic
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4:59pm Wed 28 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

The store used to be awful under the old manager - I hope this Michael Last is better.

Only time will tell......

The staff used to be rude, lack of stock, no small trolleys at the door, middle doors closed for months (end doors still closed off).

I do see now that at nights it is self-checkout only, so not sure how a large trolley full would work?!
The store used to be awful under the old manager - I hope this Michael Last is better. Only time will tell...... The staff used to be rude, lack of stock, no small trolleys at the door, middle doors closed for months (end doors still closed off). I do see now that at nights it is self-checkout only, so not sure how a large trolley full would work?! GentleGiant
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5:02pm Wed 28 Nov 12

xxxdave says...

The store has been there for Thirty plus years, and took a shed load of money from a wide group of essex residents. why make a big deal over this store's refit ?. This is not real news, would love to meet who has published this as I recon they got a nice back hander for publishing this rubbish. Teso is a profit money making machine that helps inflate prices due to demand
The store has been there for Thirty plus years, and took a shed load of money from a wide group of essex residents. why make a big deal over this store's refit ?. This is not real news, would love to meet who has published this as I recon they got a nice back hander for publishing this rubbish. Teso is a profit money making machine that helps inflate prices due to demand xxxdave
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6:16pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Devils Advocate says...

In these Government created, so called hard times it should be astounding how much money is being spent on Supermarkets. Does it compare to when the petrol companies were ripping us all off and they apparently offset taxes by refitting the fuel stations everywhere?
What really worries me though, is the under the table return to retail price maintenence. Abolished around 50 years ago, mainly because of the price of spark plugs and then the price fixing of soap powder, It is amazing how these once very competitive outlets have now levelled up their prices to the RRP of manufacture. Their margins must be horrendously high!
In these Government created, so called hard times it should be astounding how much money is being spent on Supermarkets. Does it compare to when the petrol companies were ripping us all off and they apparently offset taxes by refitting the fuel stations everywhere? What really worries me though, is the under the table return to retail price maintenence. Abolished around 50 years ago, mainly because of the price of spark plugs and then the price fixing of soap powder, It is amazing how these once very competitive outlets have now levelled up their prices to the RRP of manufacture. Their margins must be horrendously high! Devils Advocate
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6:55pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Fallguy9999 says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
In these Government created, so called hard times it should be astounding how much money is being spent on Supermarkets. Does it compare to when the petrol companies were ripping us all off and they apparently offset taxes by refitting the fuel stations everywhere?
What really worries me though, is the under the table return to retail price maintenence. Abolished around 50 years ago, mainly because of the price of spark plugs and then the price fixing of soap powder, It is amazing how these once very competitive outlets have now levelled up their prices to the RRP of manufacture. Their margins must be horrendously high!
That store takes over £1m per week. They only care about profits, nothing else
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: In these Government created, so called hard times it should be astounding how much money is being spent on Supermarkets. Does it compare to when the petrol companies were ripping us all off and they apparently offset taxes by refitting the fuel stations everywhere? What really worries me though, is the under the table return to retail price maintenence. Abolished around 50 years ago, mainly because of the price of spark plugs and then the price fixing of soap powder, It is amazing how these once very competitive outlets have now levelled up their prices to the RRP of manufacture. Their margins must be horrendously high![/p][/quote]That store takes over £1m per week. They only care about profits, nothing else Fallguy9999
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7:19pm Wed 28 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper.

We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell.
We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper. We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell. GentleGiant
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9:24pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Devils Advocate says...

GentleGiant wrote:
We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper.

We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell.
totally with you there. But what happens when the new supermarket arrives in Pitsea? Will Aldi close? If it does can it have a new shop on "Acacia" Park. After all, that land belongs to the people!!!
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper. We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell.[/p][/quote]totally with you there. But what happens when the new supermarket arrives in Pitsea? Will Aldi close? If it does can it have a new shop on "Acacia" Park. After all, that land belongs to the people!!! Devils Advocate
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10:16pm Wed 28 Nov 12

elmahe says...

It's okay to say the store has been revamped but up until last week the roof was still leaking. With buckets strategically placed around the store.no change there then.
It's okay to say the store has been revamped but up until last week the roof was still leaking. With buckets strategically placed around the store.no change there then. elmahe
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10:25pm Wed 28 Nov 12

echoforum says...

my mum is almost 90 and remembers visiting Tesco at Pitsea as a child
my mum is almost 90 and remembers visiting Tesco at Pitsea as a child echoforum
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10:25pm Wed 28 Nov 12

echoforum says...

my mum is almost 90 and remembers visiting Tesco at Pitsea as a child
my mum is almost 90 and remembers visiting Tesco at Pitsea as a child echoforum
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12:11am Thu 29 Nov 12

Steve H says...

When I was at school the chants went,

#Lets all go to Tesco, where smelly gets his best clothes....la la la lala#

That was near 30 years ago and things have changed a bit now!
When I was at school the chants went, #Lets all go to Tesco, where smelly gets his best clothes....la la la lala# That was near 30 years ago and things have changed a bit now! Steve H
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10:23am Thu 29 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
GentleGiant wrote:
We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper.

We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell.
totally with you there. But what happens when the new supermarket arrives in Pitsea? Will Aldi close? If it does can it have a new shop on "Acacia" Park. After all, that land belongs to the people!!!
the Aldi in Pitsea is going to get a new outlet somewhere near where where The Railway Hotel is at the moment when Morrisons is built, I've been informed by the staff in there.
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper. We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell.[/p][/quote]totally with you there. But what happens when the new supermarket arrives in Pitsea? Will Aldi close? If it does can it have a new shop on "Acacia" Park. After all, that land belongs to the people!!![/p][/quote]the Aldi in Pitsea is going to get a new outlet somewhere near where where The Railway Hotel is at the moment when Morrisons is built, I've been informed by the staff in there. Eric Whim
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11:17am Thu 29 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

Fallguy9999 wrote:
Devils Advocate wrote:
In these Government created, so called hard times it should be astounding how much money is being spent on Supermarkets. Does it compare to when the petrol companies were ripping us all off and they apparently offset taxes by refitting the fuel stations everywhere?
What really worries me though, is the under the table return to retail price maintenence. Abolished around 50 years ago, mainly because of the price of spark plugs and then the price fixing of soap powder, It is amazing how these once very competitive outlets have now levelled up their prices to the RRP of manufacture. Their margins must be horrendously high!
That store takes over £1m per week. They only care about profits, nothing else
they probably take more than that per day this time of year
[quote][p][bold]Fallguy9999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: In these Government created, so called hard times it should be astounding how much money is being spent on Supermarkets. Does it compare to when the petrol companies were ripping us all off and they apparently offset taxes by refitting the fuel stations everywhere? What really worries me though, is the under the table return to retail price maintenence. Abolished around 50 years ago, mainly because of the price of spark plugs and then the price fixing of soap powder, It is amazing how these once very competitive outlets have now levelled up their prices to the RRP of manufacture. Their margins must be horrendously high![/p][/quote]That store takes over £1m per week. They only care about profits, nothing else[/p][/quote]they probably take more than that per day this time of year Eric Whim
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11:09pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Devils Advocate says...

Eric Whim wrote:
Devils Advocate wrote:
GentleGiant wrote:
We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper.

We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell.
totally with you there. But what happens when the new supermarket arrives in Pitsea? Will Aldi close? If it does can it have a new shop on "Acacia" Park. After all, that land belongs to the people!!!
the Aldi in Pitsea is going to get a new outlet somewhere near where where The Railway Hotel is at the moment when Morrisons is built, I've been informed by the staff in there.
That'll do for me!!!
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: We actually now shop at Aldi - mush better value, better quality and far cheaper. We only go to Tesco's for those items that Aldi do not sell.[/p][/quote]totally with you there. But what happens when the new supermarket arrives in Pitsea? Will Aldi close? If it does can it have a new shop on "Acacia" Park. After all, that land belongs to the people!!![/p][/quote]the Aldi in Pitsea is going to get a new outlet somewhere near where where The Railway Hotel is at the moment when Morrisons is built, I've been informed by the staff in there.[/p][/quote]That'll do for me!!! Devils Advocate
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10:53pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Nebs says...

Why did only 600 apply for the jobs, don't all the other unemployed want to work?
Why did only 600 apply for the jobs, don't all the other unemployed want to work? Nebs
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11:28pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Devils Advocate says...

How long do you thing Tesco's want to spend interviewing for 40 jobs? Obviously you have no Idea how hard it is to chase some lousy part time position that is one step away from the lump. Retail price maintenence was outlawed years ago. Suddenly, every major "competitive" outlet is charging the same for most of their goods. Who would want to work for such a cheating firm as Tesco's anyway? And yes, they have cheated me recently!
How long do you thing Tesco's want to spend interviewing for 40 jobs? Obviously you have no Idea how hard it is to chase some lousy part time position that is one step away from the lump. Retail price maintenence was outlawed years ago. Suddenly, every major "competitive" outlet is charging the same for most of their goods. Who would want to work for such a cheating firm as Tesco's anyway? And yes, they have cheated me recently! Devils Advocate
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