Would-be workers flock to job fair

Attendees still required to submit ShopRite applications online

One thing seems fairly certain: ShopRite isn't going to have a problem filling positions at its new store in Niskayuna.

A line of people stretched outside Niskayuna Town Hall on Monday, June 20, for ShopRite's job fair in anticipation of the store moving into the former St. James Square. Groups of people were gathered into the Town Board Room, which saw around 500 people by the conclusion of the event. ShopRite officials are looking to fill 250 to 300 positions, which include both part-time and full-time.

There was a mixture of reactions from attendees, with some pleased at the event and others wishing they hadn't waited in line.

We are very excited. We had an overwhelming reaction, and we couldn't be more pleased by the outpouring of support tonight, said Tom Urtz, vice president of Human Resources and Community Affairs for ShopRite. "It was great to come out and meet the residents of Niskayuna, and I think it went very well."

In order to be a neighborhood store, Urtz said, the company has to hire employees to reflect the community. Urtz wasn't sure what the turnout would be beforehand, but it was greater than he expected.

Mark Johnson, 37, of Niskayuna, has been unemployed for two months and came out to the event to learn about the job opportunities. Johnson has been in the retail field for 20 years.

"I was interested in hearing what they had to do with the store and the merchandising and the community thing and the new programs that they have," said Johnson.

He was seeking a position in the shipping and receiving department of the store.

Devon, who preferred to only give his first name, said he also enjoyed the job fair and was happy he attended. He is currently employed, but he was looking at what job opportunities were available at ShopRite.

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