Store Manager Robert Davis has more than a decade of experience working with Wal-Mart and said the new Holly Springs store off Lakeside Drive will continue hiring for four to five more weeks.
“With the approximately 300 positions, that’s every facet of the store,” he said. “We’re filling every single position in the store.”
The 180,000-square-foot Wal-Mart SuperCenter will include all the usual departments, Davis said, but customers will see some newer products on shelves and a modern building.
“You can tell from looking at the veneer of the building that it’s not just a typical store,” he said.
The brick exterior of the building is complete for the most part, Davis said. It’s entrances include curved roofs, glass and exposed rafters.
The inside of the store is still under construction, Davis said, and trees were sitting in the parking area of the construction zone on Thursday, ready to be put in place for the landscaping.
A temporary hiring center is set up at New Life Church in Holly Springs, located at 154 Lakeside Drive, in Canton, just across the street from the new store’s construction site.
“We like to be able to put a face to the name,” he said. “We have issued some job offers.”
But Davis said there are still plenty of open positions, in both management and customer service, and added that people can apply online in addition to applying at the hiring center.
Davis was the store manager of a Wal-Mart store in Michigan, and said he moved back to Georgia about five years ago to be close to his parents.
He was at the temporary hiring center Thursday, where jobseekers were filling out applications on computers.
“If there is previous experience that can be helpful. But also, I’ve found a lot of times, some of our best associates are people that have no experience and were trained,” he said. “We’ll just try to put them in the position that’s best for them. That’ll help us and be good for them.”
Davis said the store will hire both full- and part-time employees for the store, and most hires will begin work in April to prepare for the store’s opening this summer.
Patsy Hagen lives in the Macedonia community in east Cherokee, and was one of about 30 people who signed in at the hiring center Thursday to apply for jobs that ranged from cashier to department manager.
Hagen said she had worked for Wal-Mart in the past, and when she heard the new location was hiring she decided to come down and fill out an application.
“I always enjoyed working for Wal-Mart. It’s a great company to work for,” Hagen said as she filled out her application on a computer at the hiring center.
The hiring center will accept applications on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wal-Mart also has the “Veterans Welcome Home Commitment” program, which states the store will offer a job to any qualified veteran who was honorably discharged within the past 12 months, and more information is available at http://walmartcareerswithamission.com.
Online applications can be filled out at http://careers.walmart.com.