Meijer Inc. said it plans to hire about 1,700 new employees in Ohio to help it with staffing needs for its anticipated fall and holiday sales season.
Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., said that overall it plans to hire more than 10,000 seasonal workers in five states. It will hire 4,800 workers in Michigan; 1,800 in Indiana; 1,500 in Illinois, and 1,000 in Kentucky.
The company said that most of the jobs will be temporary employment positions, but that many could lead to permanent positions with the company.
“While most of these opportunities are part time and seasonal, these jobs can provide a gateway to a full-time career at Meijer,” said Michael Rotelle, senior vice president of human resources. “As we continue to grow, we are frequently looking to fill our on-going part-time and full-time needs. These positions provide an opportunity for people to begin a retail career within a growing company.”
Meijer stores are open 24 hours and only close on Christmas, necessitating the need for additional help for the holiday season. The retailer plans to use the seasonal hires to fill traditional staff positions, such as stockers and cashiers, but added that it also will hire for more specialized roles such as meat cutters and cake decorators.
Meijer said it will accept online job applications at jobs.meijer.com and applicants can search for jobs in their area and indicate a store preference. But applications also will be taken at employment kiosks at the front of most Meijer stores.