MORE than 1,000 job hopefuls have applied for just 15 retail posts at a new department store.
Shaws department stores will open their 17th Irish outlet in Longford town on October 24 and have been recruiting sales assistants over the last couple of months.
By the time applications closed for the 15 jobs a week ago the number of applications arriving at the company's human-resources department had skyrocketed.
Shaws will occupy the premises formerly occupied by a Centra store in the town centre.
The company's retail operations director, Ian Fanning, said said that the large number of applications was a very positive sign and "a phenomenal response".