Target hiring fair attracts outpouring of applicants for new DTLA store
Target is looking to hire 250 employees for their new DTLA City Target store.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Continuing through this Saturday, Target is hosting a hiring fair to recruit employees for 250 new positions which will be created when the new DTLA City store opens this fall.
The three-day-event began on Thursday at the Olympic Collection Conference Center in West L.A. and will continue through tomorrow evening.
The Los Angeles Times reports that on Thursday, many applicants showed up as early as 6:30 a.m. to apply for positions including cashier, sales clerk and backroom stocker.
"Anything I can get, I'll apply for it," Ozzy Buckley, 18, told the paper. "I've been applying for jobs since January, handing out resumes, and haven't gotten anything yet."
And Buckley's not alone. California's unemployment rate is still at 10.7 percent, placing it in the top three states for unemployment in the nation. KPCC reports that even though California added 25,000 jobs in July -- more than any other state -- this number wasn't enough to have an impact on the unemployment rate.
NBC reports that as of Thursday, Target had received more than 4,000 online applications and so far, had met with about 400 of them.
"It's been surprisingly overwhelming," Target store manager Simone Tatro told NBC. "It's been positive.
The new City Target in DTLA is expected to open on October 14 as part of the $40 million Downtown development, Figat7th. This specialized Target branch is designed to cater to urban shoppers, foregoing the patio furniture and family-size household supplies but keeping the fresh groceries and clothing.