These 15 Retailers and Restaurants Are Still Hiring Despite Coronavirus

Author: Daniel B. Kline | April 02, 2020

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A ray of light

Most of the news regarding employment during the coronavirus pandemic has been bleak. Companies have been furloughing workers while they're forced to close, and some may not reopen when the crisis ends.

There are, however, a number of retailers and restaurants experiencing peak demand. These companies are hiring workers and those jobs will help some people get through this very difficult period.

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1. Amazon

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) plans to add 100,000 workers. These new employees will work in its warehouses, support and perform grocery delivery, and drive its trucks.

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2. Domino's

Domino's has thousands of open full and part-time positions at its stores. These include include "delivery experts, pizza makers, customer service representatives, managers, and assistant managers. Domino's U.S supply chain centers are also hiring Class A CDL drivers," the company said in a press release.

Not all positions are available at each location.

"While many local, state, and federal rules are closing dine-in restaurants, the opportunity to keep feeding our neighbors through delivery and carryout means that a small sense of normalcy is still available to everyone," CEO Richard Allison said in a press release. "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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3. Dollar General

Dollar General (NYSE: DG) has been hit with added demand due to the coronavirus. It has not named a specific number of workers it plans to hire but it has posted on its website that it "currently has a number of full and part-time positions available across our stores, distribution centers, and private fleet network."  

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4. Pizza Hut

Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) Pizza Hut needs more than 30,000 workers to meet increased demand due to the pandemic. The company has described the jobs as "permanent" positions in a blog post. It needs "cooks, shift leaders, restaurant managers, and virtual call center agents. Pizza Hut is also hiring more drivers to meet an increased delivery demand as more customers order to eat at home."

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5. Kroger

Kroger (NYSE: KR) has already hired 23,500 new employees. It plans to add another 20,000 to that total over the next few weeks.

"Kroger's top priority continues to be uplifting our associates and serving our communities, whether that's by ensuring customers always can find food and products on our shelves or by providing a nearly immediate job opportunity to help an unemployed person to begin working again," said Chief People Office Tim Massa in a press release.

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6. CVS

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) plans to hire 50,000 workers to help it handle the increased demand across multiple areas of its business.

"Roles include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees, and member/customer service professionals," the company said in a press release. CVS plans to use virtual job fairs and online interviews to staff the positions.

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7. Papa John's

Papa John's (NASDAQ: PZZA) plans to hire 20,000 workers to make and deliver its pizza. In many cases, the company is conducting interviews and hiring workers all in one day.

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8. Aldi

Aldi has been expanding rapidly in the U.S. and the pandemic may bring it some new customers as people search far and wide to meet their needs. The chain has not said how many people it's hiring, but it's adding workers in a number of different positions.

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9. Costco

Costco (NASDAQ: COST) has already said it has experienced a spike in sales due to coronavirus. The retailer has been hiring workers and shows a number of open positions in many locations on its website.

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10. Instacart

Instacart has faced unprecedented demand with slots having to be booked days in advance. The company plans to add 300,000 more people to shop and deliver orders.

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11. Walmart

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) wants to add 150,000 employees in a variety of roles. Some of these positions would be in its stores while others would be as drivers or in its distribution centers.

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12. Albertsons

Albertsons, a grocery chain, plans to hire 30,000 workers. It's partnering with a number of restaurant chains to find jobs for displaced employees from that hard-hit industry.

“So many businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors are scaling back hours or temporarily closing as their customers remain home and adhere to shelter-in-place orders," said CEO Vivek Sankaran in a press release. We are grateful to be a resource to help fill a critical need in our own business and take care of people who want to continue working during this time of national emergency.”

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13. Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR), a chain that also runs Family Dollar, is looking to hire 25,000 full and part-time workers. These openings include in-store positions as well as jobs in its distribution centers.

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14. PepsiCo

PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) plans to hire "6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees across the U.S. in the coming months," according to a press release. The company needs more workers to help keep up with demand and delivery for its snack and beverage products.

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15. 7-Eleven

7-Eleven plans to hire 20,000 workers to fill positions in its stores. These hires reflect the needs of both company-owned and franchised stores.

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Daniel B. Kline has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon. The Motley Fool recommends Costco Wholesale and CVS Health and recommends the following options: short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon and long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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