CASA GRANDE — While some local businesses are closing their doors during the coronavirus outbreak, others are in need of more employees just to keep up with demand.
Walmart is hiring for both its store and the distribution center in Casa Grande.
"Walmart is hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May, including more than 3,700 associates across Arizona, to work in its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers,” said Leslie Sonnenklar, a public relations specialist who has been contracted by Walmart.
According to Walmart’s website, employees at distribution centers can earn between $17 and $18 an hour. Some of the positions at the store and distribution center will be temporary but many will be turned into permanent positions.
The company is also expediting its hiring process so that people can be hired in as little as 24 hours compared to the two weeks that it normally takes, Sonnenklar said.
Papa John’s on Florence Boulevard is looking to hire 10 additional delivery drivers, according to Matt Quick, who works at the shop.
Grocery stores such as Fry’s, Food City and Safeway are also advertising open positions as they try to meet customers’ demands for products and keeping shelves stocked.
On Site Shooting created and rapidly filled two positions to help control the crowds of customers at its door as the demand for ammunition and gun purchases has increased.
Allied Universal, a security company, is looking to hire more than 300 security guards in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. The company will cover the cost of the guard card registration fee for applicants that complete the hiring process.
New hire job titles in the Arizona market include security officer, security shift supervisor, transit-dispatch security officer, armed security officer, security site supervisor and more.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security also started accepting applications for unemployment benefits for employees who were laid off as a result of the coronavirus. More information on how to apply for the benefits can be found at www.azui.gov/.
A new website set up by the state specifically for businesses, families and individuals looking for help, more information on the coronavirus and ways to volunteer or donate during the outbreak can be found at https://arizonatogether.org/.
In a related matter, a trio of local agencies are teaming up to hold a teleconference on how small businesses can find the resources they need during the coronavirus outbreak.
The teleconference will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday by the city of Casa Grande, the Casa Grande Greater Chamber of Commerce and the Central Arizona College Small Business Development Center. Business owners who are interested in attending should call (425) 436-637 and use access code 250258#.