Duluth-area retailers say they're hiring for holiday salesWhile national forecasters predict retailers will hire fewer extra workers for the holiday season, Duluth area retailers say they're hiring at the same level as in years past.
By: Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune, Pine Journal
While national forecasters predict retailers will hire fewer extra workers for the holiday season with an expected sales decline, Duluth-area retailers are cautiously optimistic.
Most interviewed this week say they’re hiring extra holiday help at the same level as in years past.
“We’re hiring the same amount as last year,” said Bryan Brown, Younkers store manager at Miller Hill Mall. “We didn’t change that much. It’s still a very busy time of the year.”
Some, like JC Penney, have even increased their holiday hirings to focus on customer service.
“We think it’s an advantage for us to add as much customer service as we can,” said store manager Ted Cuva. “In our store, we have associates in each area helping customers shop.”
The store has hired about 60 people over and above its regular crew.