Help wanted Essential businesses hiring staff

Aaron Garrison, director of distribution at Weis Markets, stocks bananas at the company’s location in Selinsgrove. Weis Markets, based in Sunbury, has stepped up store-level hiring due to unprecedented demand, a company spokesman said.

By Rick Dandes

Despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandating that all non-essential businesses shut down due to the caronavirus pandemic, some companies, mostly food and health-service related, are hiring temporary full and part-time staff.

Several of those companies, including Walmart, Weis Markets, Sheetz, The Giant Company and Target, are even offering extra incentives like cash bonuses or a temporary wage bump as they try to manage the crush of customers while simultaneously looking to keep their workers happy.

Weis Markets

Weis Markets has stepped up store-level hiring due to unprecedented demand,” said company spokesman Dennis Curtin, on Wednesday. “We’re looking to hire full and part-time associates including cashiers and stockers to those with retail and department management experience.”  

Last Saturday, Weis announced that their store-level, hourly paid associates will be paid an additional $2 per hour while the company continues to serve communities impacted by COVID-19 containment measures. This temporary increase went into effect on Sunday, March 22. 

Weis is also hiring at its distribution center (in Milton), Curtin said. “Mainly selectors. While I can’t get into wage rates, we offer excellent compensation and benefits at the DC. Also, we’re currently offering $2,000 sign-up bonuses for new hires at our distribution center and a $3,000 bonus to Weis associates who refer a new distribution center hire.”

To qualify for the full bonus, an applicant has to work a full-time schedule for three months, Curtin explained.

Applicants can apply in person or online at  It’s optimized for mobile applications as well 

The Giant Company

The demand for team members has grown rapidly the last few weeks, explained Ashley Flower, a spokeswoman for The Giant Company.

“Under normal circumstances a typical retail store is looking for up to a dozen or so team members throughout the store, she said. “But with the sudden increase in demand, we have seen this need grow exponentially, in some cases more than double in just a few days.”

The Giant Company sees that need continuing to grow over at least the next few weeks, Flower said. Immediate positions as service associates, cashiers, general stock clerks, drivers and fulfillment center selectors are available across all stores and fulfillment centers. 

“To date,” she noted, “we’ve hired over 800 people. And while they are temporary positions now, there is an opportunity for some of them to turn into longer term positions.

The Giant Company is hiring temporary and part-time team members across its family of brands which includes Giant, Martin’s, Giant Direct, Martin’s Direct and Giant Heirloom Market.

Those interested, including anyone whose employment may have been affected by the pandemic, can apply online at the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites or speak with any store manager, Flower said.

Other companies currently hiring include:

n Amazon announced this week it is looking to hire 100,000 workers for warehouse and delivery positions.and that their employees would be earning an additional $2 an hour until the end of April, bumping them up to at least $17 an hour for work in warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores. 

Amazon has a fulfillment center in Carlisle, if you’re willing to drive there from the Valley.

But the company has several centers scattered throughout the state.

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n CVS: This past Monday, CVS announced plans to immediately fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles in locations around the United States. The company says it will use virtual job fairs and interviews to hire store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and customer service representatives. Current employees are also going to be collecting bonuses of $150-$500 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pizza Hut hopes to fill its more than 30,000 open positions across the country. “Now more than ever, restaurants have an important role in feeding. families and those looking for safe, fast, and reliable food from brands they can trust,” the company said in a statement.

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n Papa John’s: The pizza chain says it is immediately hiring as it works to deliver meals and offer carry out during stay-at-home orders in several states around the country.”For anyone looking for immediate ways to earn an income, we’re making it quick and simple to apply, interview and be hired at Papa John’s,” Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer, said in a statement. “We are in the unique position — as a restaurant that specializes in delivery and carryout — to help our communities through this crisis.”

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n Dominos Pizza is looking to hire more full-time and part-time workers as more people are ordering in. It is hiring about 10,000 workers in the U.S. to meet rising demand for delivery and carryout. Domino’s put out a call for delivery drivers, pizza makers, managers and truck drivers. Domino’s U.S. stores remain open for carryout and it is also offering contact-less delivery. The company is also looking for people to fill roles at its supply chain centers in addition to management and assistant management positions.

“The opportunity to keep feeding our neighbors through delivery and carryout means that a small sense of normalcy is still available to everyone,” Domino’s CEO Richard Allison said in a statement. “Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they’re not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily impacted restaurant industry.”

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n Dollar General is planning on hiring workers to deal with the increased number of shoppers. DG plans to double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 new employees nationwide by the end of April. While Dollar General said it anticipates many of these roles will be temporary, managers hope to provide long-term opportunities to some of the new hires.

“We are proud to serve as one of America’s essential retailers, and we believe our customers are relying on us now more than ever to provide an affordable, convenient retail option,” said Kathy Reardon, Dollar General’s senior vice president and chief people officer, in a written statement. “We invite individuals looking to start or grow a career, as well as for those whose job may be temporarily impacted by COVID-19, to apply for opportunities to help further our mission of serving others.”

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n Sheetz: On Thursday Sheetz announced a $3 an hour increase for its approximately 17,000 store workers.  The current increase will be active Mar.13 to April 23rd, but duration will be re-evaluated as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. 

Sheetz is also actively hiring store employees (1,300 active job openings, as of Thursday) as the company focuses on its response to increased consumer demand. Full-time and part-time positions are currently available in both daytime and evening shifts. 

Go to, click on the interactive map. You can literally click on the Sheetz in Shamokin Dam, Lewisburg, Danville and find exactly what the job openings are.

n Target is one of the stores that has seen a spike in purchases of cleaning products, toilet paper and pantry items, but it’s also seen a drop-off in apparel and accessories sales. CEO Brian Cornell said stores are adopting new policies to minimize risk, such as temporarily banning all returns and exchanges, wiping down checkout lanes after each transaction and asking employees not to handle customers’ reusable bags.

Friday said it will give a $2 an hour wage increase to its 300,000-plus workers who have been scrambling to help customers. The pay bump will be effective at least through May 2. It’s also begun offering workers who are pregnant, 65 years old or older, or who have underlying health risks, access to paid leave for up to 30 days.  

According to reports, has 9,000 job openings across the country. On Thursday, there were five jobs opening in the Selinsgrove store. For more information, go online to: 

n Walmart intends to hire 150,000 U.S. full and part-time hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May as online orders surge with households stocking up.

The jobs are temporary, but many will become permanent, said spokesman Dan Bartlett.

Bartlett said that the company is reaching out to industry groups in the restaurant and hospitality industry, both of which are getting slammed by lockdowns and travel bans.

Walmart will be giving special bonuses to its hourly employees to reward them for their work in serving customers who are stockpiling toilet paper and other basics. Part-time workers will receive $150 while full-time workers will receive $300 provided they started March 1. The bonuses will be paid out on April 2. It will also move up quarterly bonuses for workers.

To apply for a job at Walmart go online to: The company said its 2-week application process is being sped up to a 24-hour turnaround due to increased demand.

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