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    New Colo. Format Gears Up to Staff 5 Stores

    SmartCo Foods, which plans to open five value-focused grocery stores in the Denver area this summer, is looking for employees to fill 500 full- and part-time positions.

    SmartCo Foods, which plans to open five value-focused grocery stores in the Denver area this summer, is looking for employees to fill 500 full- and part-time positions. Describing itself as “a new grocery concept designed specifically for Colorado,” the Smart & Final division says it “will blend the best features of your local supermarket, warehouse club store and farmer’s market in one convenient store, without membership fees or club cards.”

    The stores will offer a wide variety of groceries, meats cut fresh in-store, bulk foods, supplements and HBC items, and party and restaurant supplies, among other products.

    To find the right associates, the company will hold a job fair May 20 and May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Denver East Stapleton. Interested candidates should apply for positions in person during the event. Questions about the event can be e-mailed to [email protected] or faxed to 323-869-7880.

    Positions are available across all levels of expertise, including clerks, cashiers, department managers, service managers and store support personnel. No previous grocery experience is required.

    “We are looking for employees with diverse backgrounds who share SmartCo Foods’ passion for great food, unbeatable prices and exceptional customer service,” noted SmartCo VP and general manager Scott Drew.

    SmartCo plans to fill the available positions over the next month to ensure its stores are fully staffed by the time the grand openings take place in June and July. The first location will open in Denver at 1442 Parker Road in late June. The other stores slated to bow this summer are at 5141 Chambers Road in Denver, 3615 West Bowles Ave. in Littleton, 16746 E. Smoky Hill Road in Centennial and 1750 North Main St. in Longmont.

    The division says it intends to grow its presence in the Colorado market “significantly” over the next several years with another 20 to 25 stores.

    Los Angeles-based Smart & Final operates about 280 stores under the Smart & Final, Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice, Henry’s Farmers Market and Sun Harvest names.

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