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Thousands seek jobs at new Target store

May 27, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Thousands of people have applied for jobs at the new Target scheduled to open in Berkeley County in July, the new store's manager said Wednesday, the first of a three-day job fair at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg.

Staff of the new Target at The Commons shopping plaza off Apple Harvest Drive near Exit 12 of Interstate 81 are expected to celebrate the store's grand opening on July 26, a company spokeswoman has said.

Target is expected to hire 150 to 250 employees and the store manager, who requested not to be identified because of company policy, said a lot of Blue Ridge CTC students were being interviewed for jobs at the store, which is expected to feature a Starbucks, pharmacy and enhanced food section.

"We call it our mass hire," the manager said.

Staff from area Target stores, particularly northern Virginia locations, are helping with the job fair, he said.

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The store manager said the company has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the college as well as local government officials.

"We're glad to be here in this community," he said. "It's a great-looking complex."

Target is expected to be joined in The Commons development by Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Books A Million, Dick's Sporting Goods, Michaels, PetSmart, Staples, T.J. Maxx and Five Below.

Matt Riley of Kearneysville, W.Va., said he had been looking for a job for a couple of weeks before getting an interview.

The 20-year-old Jefferson County man applied for a job after a couple of his friends who work at stores in Winchester, Va., told him they liked working there, Riley said.

Before applying for a job at Target, Riley said he had done landscaping and electrical work, which now has gone "downhill" with the economy.

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