Kroger plans timely job fair amid Marsh’s closing spree

Kroger Co.’s Central Division is hosting a job fair on Wednesday and Thursday in Indianapolis in an effort to fill more than 300 positions at multiple store locations.

And while the event has been planned for weeks, the timing could be fortunate for a multitude of employees at Marsh Supermarkets who are losing their jobs amid a rash of recently announced store closings.

Kroger said it is seeking online shopping associates, deli and bistro clerks, meat cutters and clerks, overnight clerks, cashiers and more.

The hiring events are scheduled each day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Drury Plaza Hotel at 9625 N. Meridian St.

Kroger said it didn’t plan the event to take advantage of the Marsh closings, but it welcomes the local grocery chain’s former employees. Kroger said many of the openings would be “ideal for applicants who have served as department leaders or who have familiarity with other aspects of the retail industry.”

Marsh’s future is in jeopardy, as the company is prepared to close all of its stores within two months unless it can find buyers or business partners, a spokesman for the company confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The chain has already announced numerous closures over the past month.

The job fair “is not intended as a celebration of a competitor’s struggle,” a Kroger spokesman said in an email to IBJ. “Instead, it is intended as a way to help hard-working Hoosiers in our industry continue to provide for themselves and their families.  Their experience and work ethic still have value.  They’re encouraged to come to Kroger for opportunities to continue their careers.”

The Central Division of Cincinnati-based Kroger is based in Indianapolis. It operates 137 food stores, 115 pharmacies and 97 fuel centers, mostly in Indiana and Illinois under the Kroger, Owen’s and Pay Less names.

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