NORTH ADAMS - With the new Walmart Supercenter slated to open about a month ahead of schedule on May 8, the company has begun the process of hiring 85 employees to help stock and staff the store.
While applications for the new Supercenter jobs - a mix of fulland part-time positions - are already being accepted, an informational job fair will be held at the current store at 830 Curran Highway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Wednesday.
"We've already hired about 20 people," Alexis Bartos, the store manager, said Monday. "We're encouraging people who are interested to put their applications in now, either through our website or at the job kiosk that we have at the back of our current store. OnWednesday, the job fair will be more about what we have to offer, available positions and job descriptions and the type of available benefits that we offer."
She added, "While we're hiring about 85 new associates, it's not a concrete, final number. It's the number we're starting out with - the least amount of people we'll need to add to open the new store. We currently have 160-plus employees, so when we open the new store, we'll have roughly 250 employees."
Online applications can be submitted through www.walmart.com/ careers. TheWalmart Supercenter, located in the new 150,200-squarefoot building at the intersection of Curran Highway and Hodges Cross Road, will include sections for general merchandise, a full grocery store, pharmacy and eye care center, and a 1,390-square-foot Dunkin Donuts.
"We definitely have a large variety of jobs we're hiring for," Bartos said. "We'll be hiring for all of our new grocery departments, including people to staff the deli and produce departments, people to bake bread and decorate cakes and stock our meat and dairy departments.
"Due to the increase in volume and sales, we also need more cashiers and more overnight staff to stock our shelves and unload our freight," she said. "We'll also need more support on our general merchandise side as we expand those departments."
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. purchased the 23.5 acre site on Curran Highway for $7.35 million on Dec. 19, 2011 from Ceruzzi Holdings of Fairfield, Conn. Construction of the Supercenter began at the end of May 2012. Walmart is planning to remain in its current location until the Supercenter opens. The company has been actively marketing its current store through its real estate company.