More than 1,200 people have a applied for just 140 jobs at a new Tesco store near Chorley.

Bosses at the under construction Buckshaw Village superstore say they have been inundated with interest from jobseekers eager to become general assistants.

Interviews have already began for the £6.47 an hours roles, which are mainly part-time but include some full-time posts.

Mark Lindley, manager of the store, said: “I think the high volume of candidates is a sign of the times but it means we will get the pick of the crop with some excellent candidates with impressive work backgrounds.

“Several applicants have been made redundant from previous jobs and we’ve had people across the age spectrum from 16-year-olds to those in their 60s.”

Tesco expects to interview around 500 people.

The 25,000 sq ft store is set to open in October and includes a petrol station due to open a week before the supermarket.

It will be around half the size of the nearby Tesco Extra in Chorley but ten times bigger than Tesco Express stores.

The superstore is the anchor development in the village centre which will also include a Costa Coffee outlet.

Mr Lindley said that he had been impressed with the flexibility of applicants.

“Many people want to work Monday to Friday but I’m encouraged how many are willing to work weekends and nights,” he added.