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Meijer Expansion Could Mean More Workers In Normal

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:01:49 CDT
By: IPR's Jim Meadows

Big-box retailer Meijer plans to hire more than 9,000 new employees over the next few months, including workers for its store in Normal and elsewhere downstate. IPR's Jim Meadows reports.

Meijer says it invented one-stop shopping. But with just about 200 big-box stores in five states, it's no Walmart or Target. Still, the Michigan-based Meijer says it's growing, and needs another 9,200 workers, or "team members" in company jargon, to keep up with that growth, and to handle upcoming holiday sales. Company spokesperson Mary Westin says the expansion includes hiring an additional 164 people for Meijer's downstate Illinois stores in Champaign, Urbana, Normal and Springfield. That comes out to about 42 new jobs per store. Many of those jobs will be part-time, but a Meijer news release says they can be a gateway to fulltime work.

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