Big Y opening 4 hiring centers in Conn.
(10/1/2010) (From New Haven Register)
By Cara Baruzzi, Register Business Editor
Having recently bought seven Connecticut A&P stores, the Big Y supermarket chain Monday will open four hiring centers in the state, including one at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, to fill part- and full-time job openings.
Officials at Big Y Foods Inc. of Massachusetts said Thursday they will meet with job applicants seeking positions at the chain’s newly acquired stores over the next several weeks. The “hiring centers” will be open through Oct. 23.
Jamie Swensen, an employee services specialist with the chain, said in a statement that Big Y is hiring part- and full-time workers for various management and support positions, including cashiers, service clerks, porters, deli clerks, bakers, cake decorators, meat clerks, produce clerks, seafood clerks, grocery clerks, night crew, health and beauty care clerks, pharmacy technicians, frozen food and dairy clerks and floral clerks.
It is unclear, however, how many positions are open. Swensen did not return a call seeking comment.
Company representatives will see applicants at the Omni, at 155 Temple St., as well as at other hiring centers at Homewood Suites in Farmington, Sheraton Four Points in Meriden and the Holiday Inn in New London.
All of the centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The centers will be closed Oct. 16, as well as all Sundays.
Those interested in working for the company may apply online at www.bigy.com/careers/hirect. The website prompts users to select which hiring center they will visit and then guides them through the process.
Employee benefits offered by Big Y include competitive wages, paid holidays, paid time off, medical insurance, disability and life insurance, tuition assistance, scholarships and a 401(k) plan, according to company officials.
If hired, new employees will have training provided by the supermarket chain.
Big Y announced Sept. 8 it is buying seven Connecticut stores from The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., which does business under several names, including A&P and Waldbaum’s.
The stores being bought are in Branford, East Haven, Naugatuck, Middletown, Mystic, Old Lyme and West Hartford.
A&P has notified state labor officials that it plans to lay off several hundred workers at those stores. Big Y officials, meanwhile, have not specified which of the sites will reopen as Big Y stores; some locations may not reopen.
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