New BJ’s draws more applicants

News that BJ’s was hiring produced a second day of applicants to the big box store.

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday and waited in line for the collection process to start.  The lines had disappeared by Wednesday afternoon, but the steady flow into the application office on Kirkwood Highway showed people’s determination to land one of the new jobs. 

The store will open after renovations to the old ValuCity store on Kirkwood Highway in Elsemere are complete.  This is BJ’s third store in New Castle County.  The one on DuPont Highway has been open for decades.  The last one to open was in Newark.  A BJ’s spokesman was not available to say how many people had applied over the last two days or how many jobs were open.

The processing center was in the Cranston Heights fire department building.  Michael Calewell liked his chances.  He believes he set himself apart from the other applicants by the way he dressed.  “I see a lot of people who don’t seem like they are dressed for a job interview,” he said.  Kaitlyn Deale hopes she lands in the bakery department.  She says her aspiration is to open her own bake shop.  Both said the ability to talk to someone face to face was much better than applying on line “where no one knew who you were,” Deale said.

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