Christmas season brings seasonal jobs to area

Seasonal Workers

A check-out clerk rings up a customer's shopping at the Crestview Wal-Mart. Local retailers added seasonal workers to help meet holiday demand.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Santa has elves to help him prepare for Christmas. Area retailers have seasonal workers.

Preparing for their busiest time of year, some area stores hire seasonal workers to help things go smoothly. That means getting extra stock for Black Friday and subsenquent holiday deals out of delivery trucks, off loading docks and onto shelves. In past years, big box stores like Bealls Outlet, Big Lots, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart have augmented their workforces with temporary workers.

“We’ve hired a good number of temporary associates,” Wal-Mart assistant manager Brenda Thompson said.

Typical temporary workers include college students, single parents and folks just looking to make extra money for holiday expenses, she said.

However, some stores make do with current employees. Tractor Supply Co. manager Pat Harper said his store didn’t hire seasonal workers this year, despite having sales specifically for Thanksgiving weekend.

The Crestview Big Lots had its temporary help in place early in November, an unidentified employee said. By Thanksgiving week, the store was staffed and ready to face the busy holiday season, she said.

“We always bring in temps this time of year,” the employee said.

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