AN ADDITIONAL 50 jobs are set to be created when a supermarket changes hands this spring.
The Post & Times revealed in November that the Co-operative food store off Buxton Road, Leek, is to become a Waitrose outlet.
The chain confirmed that the current 65 Co-op staff would transfer to Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Partnership.
However, Waitrose has now confirmed that there will be 50 extra jobs created at the store when it reopens after a refurbishment scheme in May.
She said: "Waitrose is looking forward to opening its store in Leek this Spring and will be looking to create approximately 50 new jobs in the area.
"It will be a mixture of positions, mostly part-time, across all departments in the store.
"All successful applicants will become members of the John Lewis Partnership and will be entitled to exclusive benefits, including shopping and leisure discounts, leisure and learning subsidies and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.
"Dates of recruitment are to be confirmed for Leek, but people will be able to apply online.
"Store training is due to take place in early April, following the official handover."
The spokeswoman confirmed that the extra 50 jobs will be in addition to the current 65 staff (12 full-time and 53 part-time) who will be transferring their jobs from Co-operative Food to Waitrose.
The Co-operative store will continue to trade as normal until April 3.
It will then close for approximately four weeks while the shop is transformed.
The aim is for it to open as a Waitrose in May.
As partners in the John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose staff will have a stake in the success of the business, a say in how it is run and a share in profits.
Nigel Keen, Director of Development at Waitrose, said: "We have wanted to open a shop in Leek for a long time and are looking forward to becoming part of the local community next year, and welcoming the new employees to Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership."
Waitrose will be launching its Community Matters and Partner Volunteering schemes in Leek.
This is expected to see £12,000 and 250 hours donated to local causes nominated by the store's customers each year.