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Meijer plans to hire more than 9,000 in five states

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Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. plans to hire more than 9,000 new employees in five states in the coming months.

The retailer says most of the new positions will be part-time.

The Grand Rapids-based company says the hiring is because of growth and preparation for fall and holiday seasons, MLive.com reported.

Meijer says it wants to hire 4,400 in Michigan, 1,800 in Indiana, 1,600 in Ohio, 900 in Illinois and 500 in Kentucky.

Meijer has opened five new stores this year, including one in Detroit, and plans one more this year. It has nine scheduled to open in 2014.

The retailer has 10 stores in the Indianapolis area and more than 20 in Indiana.
 

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  • This is a story?
    Are we supposed to get excited about part-time retail jobs that will displace other part-time retail jobs? It would be more of a story if they were actually announcing new store openings, but that still doesn't magically create more income for Hoosiers to spend on retail goods, so the opening of a new Meijer would just fill the increased demand for retail based on population growth, or it would result in a loss of sales somewhere else. The point being that it is not economic growth.

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