A new branch of Costa Coffee, the High Street coffee shop, is due to open shortly in Mapperley, Nottingham, and advertised for eight new staff to run it in December.
Head office staff were amazed to find 1,701 people applying for the 3 full-time and 5 part-time positions.
The recent spate of redundancies from retail chains including Jessops, HMV, Blockbuster and Comet have hit the High Street hard, although today's unemployment figures showed another fall to 2.5 million.
Pay for the jobs ranged from £6.10 to £10 per hour, and applications were received from graduates and ex-managers, as well as former employees of HMV and Clinton Cards, another casualty of the recession.
A spokeswoman for Costa said: "We've been really encouraged to see so many people wanting to work at their local Costa store."
Costa must be delighted to have the pick of Nottingham and surrounding areas for its new shop's staff.
But it may not realise that sifting through thousands of applications is likely to become the norm for employers.
The government launched Universal Jobmatch, its online service matching jobseekers with employers, in November 2012, and all those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance are required to use it.
Jobcentre staff are asking for evidence of job applications from this system for claims, and this means many more are likely to be made.
Employers may reconsider their use of Universal Jobmatch when they realise that it is being used to force unemployed people to make unsuitable applications and hugely increasing their HR departments' workloads, putting a hole in one of this government's main tracking systems.