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Food Lion to hold job fair on Friday

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Food Lion will host a job fair Friday to fill about 125 full-time and part-time positions in Martinsville, Bassett, Stanleytown and other areas, according to a release from the company.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 50 Hampton Drive, Martinsville, to fill positions that include produce associates, meat cutters, deli, grocery, front-end sales assistants, sales, quality assurance, stockers, frozen food and dairy associates, the release stated.

Benny Smith, spokesman for Food Lion, said the open positions are full- and part-time. The pay scale varies according to position, he added.

Smith said he believes that full-time employees are eligible for benefits. Both pay/benefits will be discussed at the job fair, he said.

The positions are not due to an expansion, but were created through attrition and/or as employees left the company, Smith added.

“These are positions that just come open regularly. ... It’s just easier, since we have stores with open positions in several areas, to have a job fair” to fill several at a time, Smith said. He noted that in addition to the local areas, openings exist in the Rocky Mount, Danville and Gretna area stores.

When possible, interviews will be held at the job fair.

Applicants should “dress appropriately” for a job interview, because hiring managers also will be present, Smith said. He added that it is not like regular job interviews where a time is scheduled for applicants to show up.

The event offers job seekers the opportunity to “come out and bring their résumés, and the cool thing is not just to come, but we will have store managers on hand and extra hiring managers” who may conduct interviews and answer questions, he said.

While Smith is not sure if anyone will be hired Friday, “it is possible that some will definitely get” follow-up interviews, he said.

“The really cool thing about this is we just feel like (the job fair) will be a great shot in the arm for the area,” Smith said.

Martinsville was selected to host the job fair because “we felt like it’s more of a central location for all of the stores, and people are pretty familiar with the Hampton Inn,” he said.

People who cannot make it to the job fair may apply online at www.foodlion.com/careers, he said.

However, “if they actually want to talk to someone,” attending the fair is the best option, Smith said.

 

 
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