Clarification: Our story has been updated to better clarify that those interested in working at one of Bashas' grocery stores should apply at their nearest grocery store. The job fair at the distribution center in Chandler is only for warehouse-specific jobs.
Bashas', which owns Bashas' grocery store, AJ's Fine Foods, and Food City, said it is looking to fill nearly 700 part-time and full-time positions at all of its stores in the state and at its distribution center in Chandler.
Open positions include managers, chefs, cooks, clerks in various departments, as well as Starbucks managers and baristas, cashiers, dishwashers, and delivery drivers.
A spokesperson declined to provide specific pay rates for any of the open positions. Instead, the spokesperson said, "starting pay will depend on the position and the experience of the candidate."
Those interested in working at one of their grocery stores can apply in-person and interview at any grocery store on Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Candidates can also apply online, https://jobs.bashas.com.
Those interested in applying for a specific position at their distribution center in Chandler can apply and interview in person at the distribution center, 125 S. 54th Street.
Masks, temperature checks, and social distancing are required. Candidates should prepare for on-site interviews and potential on-the-spot job offers.
In a news release, Bashas' attributed the need for more employees to an increase in business and customers, and that some restaurant workers who were initially hired when their restaurant temporarily shut down during the pandemic have since returned as restaurants have reopened.
Many businesses, including bars, restaurants, and hotels, have told ABC15 that they have many open positions and have had difficulty filling those positions. Some have increased wages and offered staggered sign-on bonuses as incentives.
Last week, the April jobs report was released, which fell sharply below what some economic experts had predicted.
Some 266,000 jobs were added in April, fewer than what was reported in March.