Even as so many workers are being laid off by retailers, hotels, airlines, restaurants and virtually every other type of business in the country, another group of retailers is on a hiring spree, with as many as 500,000 open positions in need of being filled.
Companies like Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, dollar stores, drug chains and some fast-food restaurants—the ones that sell household essentials, food, drugs, takeout food and other basics—are on the plus side of the coronavirus crisis and are in desperate need of additional workers as America hunkers down at home.
Such is the nature of this pandemic that the haves and have-nots of retailing are being redefined as never before in retailing history. Traditionally strong businesses like Walmart and Amazon are being joined by grocery stores and pizza chains that haven’t always been the darlings of the business world.
Here is a current list of those retail businesses that have announced they are looking for additional workers. Some of this information has been reported on by the Wall Street Journal. These numbers include jobs both in the stores themselves and in warehouses and distribution centers. Other retailing businesses have announced they are hiring but have not given hard numbers.
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Dollar General: 50,000
Dollar Tree: 25,000
Domino’s Pizza: 10,000
Papa John’s: 20,000