Toys ”R” Us announced plans to add 600 temporary Toys “R” Us Express stores in malls and shopping centers nationwide during the holidays, adding 10,000 temporary positions to its payroll.
The add-ons will double the amount of locations that the retailer currently operates. The company currently employs approximately 70,000 associates worldwide.
“By doubling the number of Toys ’R’ Us locations nationwide, now more than ever we will be available when and where customers want to shop with us this holiday season,” Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys ’R’ Us said in a press release. “We are pleased that this significant expansion of our Toys ’R’ Us Express initiative also creates thousands of new jobs beyond our usual seasonal workforce build.”
Toys "R" Us currently operates 1,560 stores, including 848 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the U.S., more than 510 international stores and 200 licensed stores in 33 countries and jurisdictions. The chain opened 90 Toys ”R” Us Express locations for the holidays. Today, only four remain open. The retailer said it would look for opportunities to make express locations permanent this year, however. Express Stores are roughly 4,000 square feet each and will be located in malls and strip centers.
So far, 300 stores began opening in June and more will continue to open through November. Toys ”R” Us is still hiring supervisors and sales associates for the remaining stores. Those interested can visit the company’s website for an application. Interested applicants can also check here to find a store that is hiring in their hometown.
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