Three-hundred applicants packed interview rooms there Thursday afternoon. Retired inventor Arnie Lazarus was there being questioned by a woman his granddaughter's age. "I'm doing this for… to reinvent myself," he told ABC7 News.
The company told him they were only looking for part-time workers. That fits his schedule. And, he's getting social security so the near minimum wage offer was not that bad.
Target says it's hiring all ages over 16 and experience is retail is not a must. "What we do look for is just individuals who have a can-do attitude," human resources manager Kasi Hohbach said.
Hohnach said Target doesn't publicly discuss wages or benefits, but they are hiring for a number of positions. "So, anywhere from cashiers to our sales force, to logistics to our hourly management positions," she said.
Target expects 3,000 people will apply for the 450 openings. The store will be a City Target like the one south of Market. It is smaller, has a pharmacy and groceries, but is not as big as a regular Target store.
Applicant Ronnae Colemon said she likes the idea of working for a company with a proven track record. "It means there will be a lot of business. It'll be up and running for a long time, so I know that my job will be… I'll be here for a while," she said.
And in this economy, job security, even in a part time job, is enough to draw a crowd.
The store is due to open in October. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.