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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cranstons new food hall near Carlisle to create 20 jobs

Cranstons is recruiting more than 20 staff for its new food hall at Orton Grange, near Carlisle.

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Artist's impression of the new food hall

The company announced in April that it was starting the development, on the A595 four miles to the southwest of the city, but only now has it confirmed the number of jobs being created.

Full and part-time vacancies are available for butchers, sales assistants and till staff, which are being advertised on its web site, www.cranstons.net.

Construction is well advanced and the food hall is on target to open in November.

Like Cranstons flagship food hall in Ullswater Road, Penrith, which opened in 2003, it will major on Cumbrian produce supplying locally-farmed meats, fruit and vegetables, and food and drink. The company says it has been “inundated” with enquiries from job hunters looking to work there.

Human resources and payroll manager Linda Bellas said: “Cranstons already employ 170 people across our five existing shops and production unit.

“We have been inundated with emails and letters from people asking whether they can apply for roles so it is great to get started with the application and interview process.”

She added: “New employees can look forward to excellent on-the-job training and the opportunity to train for industry qualifications.

“If someone has the right work ethic and a passion for food they will get the opportunity to progress to a more senior role.

“Several of Cranstons senior managers started as counter assistants and butchery apprentices.”

That was the route taken by the man who has been appointed manager of the new food hall.

Peter Potts joined the company 20 years ago while still at school, working part-time until he finished his A-levels. He then became an apprentice butcher. He is currently assistant manager at Cranstons shop in Fisher Street, Carlisle.

Mr Potts said: “We are very excited to start recruiting for our new food hall, which will offer Cranstons famous local produce along with goods from a whole host of Cumbrian food and drink producers. We’re looking for hard working conscientious people that are passionate about food and can give customers the excellent standard of service that we are known for.’

Cranstons began life as a butcher in Kirkoswald in 1914.

Now based in Penrith, it has diversified to compete with the supermarkets, becoming a general food retailer specialising in locally-sourced produce.

It remains a family-run business and still operates traditional butchers’ shops in Penrith, Carlisle, Hexham and Brampton, alongside the Penrith food hall.

The Orton Grange project replaces an existing farm shop and aims to complement other development there including a cafe and swimming pool, hairdressers, beauty salon and a quilting supplies.

It benefits from free car parking.

The extension has been part-funded by the Rural Development Programme for England, by Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme – which aims to boost the rural economy – and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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