Arizona is growing by leaps and bounds. This is especially true in the East Valley. And as people move to these areas, they will need to fill daily living needs, including grocery shopping.
That’s why Arizona grocery stores say there is a growing need to find customer-service oriented employees, and soon.
According to data from Arizona Workforce Informer, the food and beverage stores in Arizona employed more than 50,000 in 2004, the latest data available.
“We’re always hiring. We’re always growing,” said Rob Johnson, customer relations and public relations specialist with Bashas’ Supermarkets.
At stores around the East Valley, there are those jobs the public comes face to face with: The cashiers, deli clerks and courtesy clerks. But behind the scenes, like any industry, there is a need for IT folks, administrative assistants, human resource and public relations specialists, buyers and real estate specialists to target the next location.
“There’s just a great deal of diversity in an industry that’s very stable and steady,” said Kendra Doyel, director of public relations with Fry’s Food Stores.
Doyel started as a pharmacy technician with Fry’s, moved into a licensed pharmacist position and then went onto jobs in special projects and public relations.
“I really like the opportunity to help take care of people and it’s constantly changing. There’s always something new and different right around the corner. The benefits and wages packages that the food industry offers are great,” Doyel said.
Johnson said one appeal of working in the food industry in Arizona is the competitive nature of the business.
““If you like competition then the grocery industry in Arizona is for you,” he said. “The competition is fierce. If you like knowing that your contribution is making a dramatic impact then this is a great place to be.”
Not only are the stores around Arizona launching new locations, they’re launching new concepts: Specialized stores, home delivery and shopping services, and more. Bashas’ is launching a “farmer’s market” in Phoenix later this year and specialty stores are always entering the market.
Grocery chains are some of the largest employers in Arizona, with Bashas’, Fry’s Food Stores and Albertson’s ranking in the top 10 in recent years.
Mark Your Calendar:
East Valley Job Fair
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3
When: EVIT, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa