Canadian Tire's Nanaimo store has hired 60 temporary workers to help it move to its new location at Nanaimo North Town Centre after hosting two job fairs over the last two weekends.
The city's only Canadian Tire store is in the process of moving from its longtime location at Dickinson Crossing to open the larger store, which is approximately 30,000 square feet bigger, to meet the ever-growing needs in the city.
Construction of the new 123,000-square-foot location, which is adjacent to the mall, is nearly complete and the opening of the store is expected in November.
Owner Carl Head said more than 300 people applied for the temporary positions that included a variety of jobs, such as shipping and receiving, merchandising, handymen, custodial and security work, as the construction of the new building enters its final stages before a planned opening this fall.
He said a number of the newly hired temporary workers will be considered for full-time work once the new store opens, depending on their abilities, and will join the approximately 100 current Canadian Tire employees who will move to the store from the old location.
"We're really pleased with the new staff that we've hired," said Head, who replaced Al Abbott who owned and operated Nanaimo's Canadian Tire since 1995 last year.
"Our new people will be working closely with our regular staff in preparation for the opening of our new store."
Head said the construction of the new store is on schedule and is expected to be completed sometime in November.
He said announcements of when the grand opening of the store is scheduled will be made later in the fall.
"Right now, our staff is working with a local contractor to install store fixtures, counters and shelving inside the store while the construction project to complete the building continues," he said.
© Copyright 2013