Hiring 5,000 Quebecers, 27,000 across Canada
By Robert Frank
American retail giant Target started recruiting local staff today for its new outlet in Pointe Claire.
Spokesman Sébastien Bouchard told The Suburban that the company will hold a job fair this week from May 8-10 at the Airport Crowne Plaza hotel on Côte de Liesse, to hire full time supervisors for its West Island store. Target will convene another recruitment drive there for prospective non-supervisory staff, June 11 to 20 for its Pointe Claire store.
Target’s expansion is the largest in Canadian commercial history; he added “and will energize the retail landscape here in Quebec.”
“Never before has a company opened 124 stores all at once, including 25 that will open in Quebec by the end of this year,” Bouchard noted. “We will be hiring more than 5,000 people in Quebec and, across Canada, almost 27,000.”
The companies has already hired directors for each store, who are currently undergoing two month of intensive training in the United States and Canada.
“It’s fairly significant, he said. “Target invests heavily in training because our culture is different from what you would find in a typical store.”
“The whole guest experience is driven by our culture, a philosophy that every guest experience ought to be fast, fun and friendly.”
“Canada is Target’s first international expansion,” Bouchard underscored. “It reflects a vote of confidence in the Canadian retail market by the company’s headquarters in Minnesota. It involves a significant investment in terms of construction, because every single store is undergoing an $11-23 million makeover and all of our premises are going to be certified according to LEED standards for environment-friendliness.”
Bouchard said that he expects that the team leaders Target hires will commence work in June, with the remaining employees starting in July or thereabouts.
The store opening date will depend upon the pace of construction, he continued, though he expects the launch to take place in early fall.
Bouchard urged aspiring employees to complete their application online before attending the job fair.
“It will speed up the process considerably,” he concluded.
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