More than 1,700 people applied for eight posts with Costa Coffee in Mapperley, Nottingham, after the coffee shop advertised the jobs in early December.
They also included employees of music chain HMV and Clinton Cards, which have both been among a number of high street stores forced to call in the administrators due to the tough economic climate.
A spokeswoman for Costa said the firm was shocked at the response for the three full-time and five part-time posts at the shop, which is due to open on Woodborough Road on Friday.
More than 1,000 jobs are to be lost at HMV as administrators announced it is to close 66 of the music chain's 220 UK stores over the next two months.
Hundreds of jobs were also lost when Clinton went into administration last year but some were saved when the brand was bought by a US firm.
The spokeswoman for Costa said: "We were shocked at the response - I don't think we expected anything like the number of applications we received."
The news comes ahead of new unemployment figures due to be published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today and is an indication of how tough the jobs market remains.
Report by Ian Bell