Lowe’s Cos. Inc. is bulking up its staff for the spring and summer seasons — the busiest in the home-improvement industry.
The Mooresville-based retailer says it will add an estimated 53,000 seasonal workers in addition to full- and part-time employees across its U.S. footprint.
In the Charlotte market, 1,250 seasonal staffers will be hired; hiring is also underway for an additional 1,100 workers in the Raleigh-Durham area. More than 4,200 seasonal employees will be added across North Carolina, according to a Lowe’s spokesman.
Seasonal openings include the following positions: cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers, assemblers of outdoor products and loaders. Those employees typically work from March to September.
Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) says it is also hiring an undisclosed number of full- and part-time staff members to fill roles such as service and support managers, customer service associates, cashiers, stockers and sales specialists.
A job fair will be held March 1 at the Lowe’s off Ballantyne Commons Parkway in south Charlotte.
Lowe’s added an estimated 45,000 seasonal employees in 2017, in what proved to be a layoff-heavy year for the company. As part of a change in its store-staffing model, Lowe’s cut 2,400 employees — or about 1% of its then 285,000-employee workforce — last January. Shortly thereafter, the company laid off another 525 workers — mainly at its corporate offices — as it pushed for more efficient operations.
Lowe’s says it currently has about 250,000 employees working in its U.S. stores.
The company’s latest earnings topped Wall Street estimates. Lowe’s reported in the third quarter net income of $872 million, or $1.05 per share — higher than the projected $1.02 per share. Its quarterly revenue also came in slightly higher than expected at $16.8 billion.
Lowe’s main rival in the home-improvement space, Atlanta-based The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), has not released its spring hiring estimates for the U.S. or the Charlotte market, according to a spokesman.
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