As previously reported by Staff Writer Dave Larsen, The Kroger Co. plans to hire about 1,200 new employees for its stores in the Cincinnati-Dayton-Springfield region, company officials announced Oct. 24.
The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer is looking to fill permanent, part-time positions at Kroger stores from northern Kentucky to Springfield, said Kathy Casebolt, a company spokeswoman. The openings are related to the upcoming holiday season, as well as a number of recent new store openings, she said.
“With the staff being dispersed through the new stores and the remodels, and new departments being added to existing stores, we have some positions that need to be filled at all the stores in the area,” Casebolt said.
The Cincinnati division of Kroger includes 74 Cincinnati-area stores.
Casebolt said the company typically adds about 50 employees for a newly remodeled store, and up to 200 workers for its Marketplace store format, which offers full-service grocery and pharmacy departments as well as an expanded general merchandise area that includes outdoor living products, home goods and toys.
Kroger is hiring for all departments and all shifts. The positions are part-time to start, Casebolt said.
“There are a lot of opportunities for advancement here,” she said. “It is a good solid company. So, if you can get your foot in the door, the possibilities are endless.”
Kroger is the largest traditional grocery retailer in the U.S., with 2,424 supermarkets in 31 states, according to company filings. Kroger employs more than 339,000 associates. The company had $96.8 billion in total sales for fiscal year 2012, up 7 percent from $90.4 billion in fiscal 2011.
Kroger has been hosting a series of career fairs with one scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7; and 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Holiday Inn Erlanger, 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd., Ky.
Job seekers who can’t make the job fair can still apply online at www.kroger.com.
Those attending the job fair are also asked to apply online first.
Applicants applying on line will receive a response their application has been received and someone will be reviewing and setting up interviews if they are selected, Kroger spokeswoman Rachael Betzler said.
Upcoming Butler county job fair
Ohio Means Jobs — Butler County (formerly known as Workforce One of Butler County) is holding its next major job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at 4631 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield.
The job fair has a manufacturing theme for job seekers in the field. However, in honor of Veteran’s Day, only members of the military seeking work can attend between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. The hiring event is open to the public for the remaining hours.
Job hunters and companies interested in participating can contact the county job center at 513-785-6500.