Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Home Depot plans to hire 450 people to fill seasonal and part-time positions in the Palm Beach County area as part of a national hiring campaign, the company announced Wednesday.

Springtime is the home improvement giant’s busiest season, and to keep up with demand, The Home Depot said it plans to hire more than 80,000 people to work at its nearly 2,000 stores across the country.

The Home Depot said it plans to fill 450 positions at 10 stores located within a 50-mile radius of West Palm Beach.

In the Miami-Dade County area, the company is hiring 500 employees to fill jobs at 20 stores.

“Anytime you have a large number of jobs it is a significant deal,” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. “That is 450 people who are going to be able to have an income.”

Home Depot’s hiring spree comes amid a spike in commercial and residential construction projects across the county, Smallridge said. She pointed to UnitedTechnologies, which announced last year that it would expand its presence in Palm Beach County with the creation of a customer showcase for its building products in Palm Beach Gardens. The project will bring 450 jobs and a capital investment of $115 million to the region.

“It is really no surprise that Home Depot would be hiring here,” Smallridge said. “It is a very robust economy.”

The Home Depot isn’t alone in its push to expand its workforce in Palm Beach County. National discount tool and equipment retailer Harbor Freight has opened a store on Okeechobee Boulevard just west of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach.

The Home Depot said available openings will include sales, operations and cashier positions. The company said it is also looking for employees to fill positions its 75 distribution centers.

Applications must be submitted online at The Home Depot’s careers site, www.careers.homedepot.com.

Palm Beach Post
By Jennifer Sorentrue


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