Holiday Hiring: Target adding hundreds of jobs in Northern Virginia

Holiday Hiring: Target adding hundreds of jobs in Northern Virginia

Target Corp. (TGT) plans to hire more than 100,000 extra hourly workers to stock toys, organize shelves, help customers find gifts and fulfill a growing number of online and in-store pickup orders this holiday season, the retailer announced Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Target is one of the earliest retailers out of the gate with its announcement for seasonal hiring.

"I think (Target) sees an opportunity to take market share in an environment where we have so many store closures in the specialty apparel and department store space", said Retail Metrics analyst Ken Perkins.

Seasonal hiring plans give a glimpse into retailers' holiday sales expectations as the companies make almost a third of their annual sales during the period, which starts a day after Thanksgiving and continues into early January. This marks a significant increase from previous year, when it hired 70,000 seasonal workers.

The hiring process is kicking off online and in stores.

Others, including Macy's and Kohl's, have been looking to reduce costs and sell more exclusive brands.

The workers will fill numerous roles, including making sure stores are well stocked, online orders are filled, and freight moved from distribution and fulfillment centers.

Of the 100,000 employees expected to be hired nationwide, the Minneapolis-based retailer said it aims to hire 2,500 in the Chicago and 3,500 across the state.

Additionally, Target will hire 4,500 workers at the company's distribution and fulfillment centers to replenish products to stores and fulfill digital sales throughout the season.

In 2016, Target brought on 77,500 temporary workers.

A variety of schedules will allow the seasonal workers to work various hours, the retailer said.

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