Target Red Deer looking to fill staffing needs with job fairs

Target Corp. is taking aim at the local labour market, with a series of job fairs planned over the next two weeks.

Target Corp. is taking aim at the local labour market, with a series of job fairs planned over the next two weeks.

The United States retailer, which is preparing to open a store in Red Deer as part of its expansion into Canada, is now recruiting supervisory staff. Daily job fairs are scheduled for the Red Deer Lodge Feb. 19 to 28, excluding Sunday, Feb. 24.

The company said in a release that it is looking for a “sales floor team leader, guest service team leader, backroom team leader and more.”

“The team leader is the person who manages and provides direction to the team members who are in those respective areas,” explained Tamar Nersesian, a public relations officer with Target.

They will also help interview applicants for other positions, and train those hired.

Nersesian said recruitment of non-supervisory staff will also be done via local job fairs, although the timing of these has not yet been announced.

“In total, we’re looking to hire between 150 and 200 team members per store,” she said.

Target said previously that Red Deer will be among its first wave of 48 Canadian stores, with these expected to open this spring. Nersesian said on Thursday that the company has not yet issued a more specific timeline.

However, renovations to the premises in Bower Place Shopping Centre that Target plans to occupy have been ongoing since Zellers closed there in November. The City of Red Deer has issued a building permit for $7.1 million worth of work there.

Target has indicated that it plans to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada over the next few years.

Its upcoming job fairs at the Red Deer Lodge will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the exception of Feb. 21 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Feb. 23 (6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Feb. 27 (8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Prospective employees are asked to complete an online application in advance, with these available at target.ca/careers.