When Mariano's Fresh Market opens its new Wheaton location in late November, officials hope to do so with the help of more than 430 area residents.
The grocery chain has begun recruitment efforts in Wheaton to fill 436 positions at every level, from management to baggers and cart-wranglers at the new location at Naperville and Roosevelt roads.
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Mariano's will feature a full-service bakery, sushi restaurant and other in-house cooked foods along with a full selection of products and organic items.
A new recruitment center opened this week at 330 S. Naperville Road and beginning this weekend it will be hosting job fairs and mass interviews for candidates who already have applied online.
The new site will play host to a job fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday where potential employees can meet with regional management and participate in one-on-one interviews.
"We're looking for folks in every position, especially our skilled positions in the bakery, sushi department and spice rack," said James Hyland, vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for Roundy's Inc., the parent company of Mariano's. "So far the reaction and traffic at the recruiting center has been great. We're excited the community is excited."
Mass interview days also are scheduled for Sept. 25 and Oct. 3, 9 and 17.
Mayor Michael Gresk said he appreciates the local approach the chain has taken to setting up its recruitment hub just down the street from the location.
"The most important thing to me is that Mariano's is hiring a couple hundred people and they are actively recruiting in the community," Gresk said. "The jobs will be very impactful in our community. While the economy is looking to be improving ever so slightly, it's still not back to normal. This is big for us."