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The grocery industry is doing its part to drive growth amid a U.S. economy still struggling to regain full recovery.
Case in point: The Kroger Co. is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its various supermarket divisions across the country.
“Kroger’s growth trajectory creates more job opportunities for current and future employees,” said Katy Barclay, senior VP of human resources for the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer. “Right now in our stores across the country, we have openings for bright, hard-working associates who are passionate about making a difference for customers every day.”
Grocer Expands its 'Talent Network'
Over the last six years, Kroger has created more than 40,000 new jobs as part of its "talent network," from which it guides and nurtures future industry leaders and assists associates on all levels to achieve personal and corporate goals. That total does not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, nor does it include Harris Teeter’s approximately 25,000 associates who joined the Kroger family earlier this year.
Kroger has hired more than 22,500 veterans since 2009. In addition, Kroger has helped the "100,000 Jobs Mission" surpass its original goal in January 2014, seven years early. The mission is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.
Kroger employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.