Toys R Us joins Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, others in holiday hiring spree

(Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com)

(Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com)

A week after Kohl’s Department Stores said it would be hiring thousands for the upcoming holidays, Toys R Us announced Tuesday it expects to hire 45,000 seasonal workers.

Toys R Us, which has nearly a dozen locations in metro Atlanta, plans to start hiring this week and continue through December. The world’s largest toy retailer is hiring 5,000 more workers this season than it did last season. The exact number of hires in metro Atlanta was not immediately available.

Signs that consumers feel more confident about the economy, and shopping, are fueling plans to boost staffing to handle the anticipated demand. Research firm ShopperTrak told Reuters that U.S. retail sales should rise 3.3 percent this holiday season. Kurt Salmon, another retail consulting firm, expects a 4.2 percent increase in sales.

The Hay Group consulting firm told CNBC most retailers plan to hire either the same amount of workers they hired last holiday season or more. In addition to in-store staffing, a fair amount of the jobs will be at distribution centers to help process and deliver online orders in the face of fierce online competitors.

Hay also said 43 percent of those retailers looking to hire were seeking permanent workers. Target said 30 percent of the workers it hired last season remained full time, according to Reuters. Toys R Us said 15 percent of hires last year landed permanent jobs with the retailer.

Toys R Us and Target aren’t the only ones planning to hire thousands. Wal-Mart plans to hire 50,000 holiday workers and offer more hours to existing workers.

Kohl’s announced last week it will hire 58,000. There are more than two dozen Kohl’s locations in metro Atlanta.

Would you accept a part-time job if that’s the only thing available to you at the moment, or will only a full-time job get your attention?

16 comments Add your comment

ATLSWAG

September 25th, 2012
11:59 am

thats good news because it will be wild in there so they need the extra help

CJ

September 25th, 2012
12:47 pm

they need to be trained not to say, “no, we don’t have it” when they know good and well they haven’t checked. I’ve proved them wrong so many times (Wal-mart associates) and found the item myself. I saved Christmas for my little niece at least twice looking for AND FINDING the item myself when they told me no.

Nadine I. Thomas

September 25th, 2012
1:32 pm

I would like to be considered for the Holiday hiring. I can be reached at 716-256-5690.

Nadine I. Thomas

September 25th, 2012
1:34 pm

Yes, I would consider the part-time positions.

Nadine I. Thomas

September 25th, 2012
1:40 pm

Oh these jobs are for Atlanta only.

LW

September 25th, 2012
1:45 pm

I sure hope that the couple who owes me over $3000 sees this and hunkers down to pull some hours to pay me my money. And yes, I’ve learned: Do NOT lend money to anyone, no matter how ‘holy’ and God-fearing they claim to be!! In church all week long but can’t pay their bills…then ‘borrow’ i.e. try to mooch–steal–money from others.

Also, note to stores: If your employees can’t say “Merry Christmas” I can’t buy Christmas gifts there.

Good News

September 25th, 2012
1:49 pm

@Nadine I. Thomas, No, they aren’t just hiring in Atlanta, they are hiring all over, whereever they have stores. You probably need to go on line & see who & where they are hiring. Good luck!!

Broke Momma

September 25th, 2012
1:52 pm

I am applying for PT evenings and weekends. I currently have a full time day job, but need extra money to pay down some debt. I wonder if retailers will even consider anyone with limited availability like they used to.

LOL @ Nadine

September 25th, 2012
2:19 pm

I’m pretty sure Nadine is joking….fairly certain people would know that stores don’t review AJC article comments to look for applicants. Especially with 3 posts. Even funnier, someone thought she was serious. :)

Deebo

September 25th, 2012
2:25 pm

Nice, hire more suckers to help more suckers buy things they cannot afford, mind control is a muthaphukker!!!!!!!

Brian30101

September 25th, 2012
2:45 pm

Expect Obama to try to claim credit for this.

Dana

September 25th, 2012
2:55 pm

@Nadine no they are not just hiring in Atlanta.. They are hiring all over. If you guys are interested in applying for a job at Toys R Us, you guys can go to the website RUScareers.com and apply

Don Abernethy

September 25th, 2012
3:01 pm

Christmas was started in Bethlehem. Any chance some of the money spent on gifts could go to churches??

amanda

September 25th, 2012
3:49 pm

@Broke Momma – it’s always worth a shot. I was hired for a seasonal job last week and I’m not available until later in the afternoon on weekdays and it wasn’t a problem!

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