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Company to hire more than a thousand workers

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU- (KHNL) Hawaii's job market gets a shot in the arm, as a big box retailer looks to employ more than a 1000 people.

A sluggish local economy combined with a weak job market has put hundreds of people out of a job.

But, there is hope for employment seekers as Target announces its looking to hire 1200 people on Oahu.

This year's been tough for hawaii workers.

Aloha Airlines, Maui Land and Pineapple and The Hawaii Medical Center just to name a few, all cut their employees completely.

And that's why Target's hiring couldn't come at a better time.

"It looks like he's just cleaning the windows," said America Mattress Worker Donald Chun.

Donald chun isn't a nosey neighbor.

"They're working on the outside," said Chun.

He's on surveillance at his struggling America Mattress store across the street from Target's new Salt Lake location. He can't wait for the major retailer's move into the neighborhood.

"When Target comes we expect a lot of traffic, a lot more exposure. A lot of people who don't know we're here will see us," said Chun.

From its ground breaking in January, Chopper 8 shows this exclusive view of the store's progress.The Salt Lake location will staff 700, Kapolei 500, and the Kona location 400 employees, that makes a total of 1,600 new jobs filled by Hawaii workers.

"The lava rock wall, the tropical foliage, the etching in the concrete is meant to represent sugar cane," said New Employee Gina Pohlabel.

Born and raised locally, Gina Pohlabel points the Hawaii-specific design of the store's facade. She's one of the company's newest employees.

"The fact that I can have a wonderful career with a future and be able to live here in Hawaii, my home, and not have to leave, that's priceless," said Pohlabel.

"We're just eager and can't wait," said Chun.

Counting down until opening day in March, Chun takes comfort. He's hopeful that more customers will be coming his way.

Target is holding a big hiring event December 18th to the 21st at the Hawaii Convention Center to fully staff the Oahu stores.

Anyone showing up from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm can apply, interview, get drug tested and potentially get hired on the spot within hours for positions starting at $10-$12 an hour.

Hiring for the Kona location starts in May.

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