Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of the Kroger Family of Companies, is seeking to fill 150 positions for its new Smith’s Marketplace store in Henderson, Nevada which will open in December 2021.
The grocer will hold open in-person interviews for those seeking positions on August 26 and August 27 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Smith’s Training Center, 4001 S. Decatur Blvd (Flamingo & Decatur). Those hired would begin their position immediately and train in various southern Nevada Smith’s stores until the Henderson Marketplace store opens. For more information call (702) 323-7288.
Smith’s has expedited its hiring process to shorten the time between application and employment, onboarding new hires in an average of 72 hours. Smith’s also adjusted its new hire approach to focus on career development, culture, and safety. This adjustment allows new hires to find immediate gratification and success in their new career.
“We provide industry leading health care and retirement benefits that many of our competitors do not offer,” said Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager. “Smith’s also provides retirement benefits in the form of pension investments for many of our frontline associates, which fewer than 9% of U.S. companies provide. With health care and retirement benefits factored in, Smith’s average hourly rate grows from $15 to well over $20.”
In 2018, Kroger established Feed Your Future, an industry-leading education assistance program that offers associates—full or part time—up to $3,500 annually ($21,000 over the course of employment) toward continuing education and development opportunities including a high school equivalency exam, professional certifications, and advanced degrees. Since launching, more than 5,000 associates have participated in the program, with 87% being hourly store associates. To date, Kroger’s investment in Feed Your Future surpasses $8 million.