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Kroger Hiring 10,000 Permanent Employees

The Kroger Co.’s family of stores is planning to fill an estimated 10,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions in the coming year.

The Cincinnati-based grocer’s total active workforce grew by more than 12,000 associates in 2016. Over the past eight years, Kroger has created more than 86,000 jobs, not including those created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, or increases due to mergers.

Kroger and its subsidiaries today employ more than 443,000 associates.

"Kroger's growth trajectory continues to create opportunities for our people to advance their careers – and to do that in a fun, team environment with great benefits," said Tim Massa, Kroger's group VP of human resources and labor relations. "We're looking for associates who are passionate about people and about food, and who want to make a difference for our customers, communities and each other."

Massa noted that about 70 percent of Kroger's store managers started as part-time clerks. "Kroger is a place where you can come for a job and stay for a career," he said.

Kroger also hired more than 9,000 veterans in 2016, and has hired more than 44,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation's 23 million veterans through its "Honoring Our Heroes" program. In addition, Kroger helped the "100,000 Jobs Mission" surpass its original goal in January 2014, seven years early. The mission is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

Kroger operates 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia.


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