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Strack & Van Til hosting job fairs at all 20 stores Friday
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Strack & Van Til hosting job fairs at all 20 stores Friday

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Strack & Van Til is having job fairs at all 20 stores Friday

Julie Figurski cleans carts the Crown Point Strack and Van Til.

Strack & Van Til is having job fairs at all 20 of its stores Friday.

The Highland-based supermarket chain, the largest local grocer headquartered in Northwest Indiana, is looking to fill 300 positions at all its locations. Strack & Van Til Chief Operating Officer Dave Wilkinson said the company needs to fill positions from grocery baggers all the way up through department managers.

More help is needed during the pandemic when more people are eating at home and placing online orders for grocery delivery or curbside pickup.

"We especially need more cashiers and more workers in the deli," he said. "The shortages are scattered."

The job fairs will take place between 2 and 6 p.m. at all grocery stores, including the Town & Country in Valparaiso.

Strack & Van Til is hiring cashiers, stockers, bakers, deli managers, meat cutters, seafood leads, cake decorators and bakery managers. No previous retail experience is required except for managerial and skilled positions, Wilkinson said.

Starting wages are up to $10.05 an hour.

Strack & Van Til regularly has job fairs but has not had one since the coronavirus pandemic started. It is taking precautions, such as having interviewees set up times in advance and wait outside in their cars to be called in for an interview so they're not mingling in line in the store. Hand sanitizer will be made available, and masks are required in keeping with state guidelines.

"We typically have several job fairs a year but wanted to work out the logistics to keep everyone safe," Wilkinson said.

He said job applicants should bring a resume or upload one online in advance.

For more information or to set up an interview, email textrecruiting@s-vt.com or visit strackandvantil.com.

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