BERKELEY — Retail giant Target held a job fair Tuesday en route to hiring about 70 people for a new small-format store on Berkeley’s University Avenue.
The new Berkeley store, at 1414 University Ave. at Acton Street, will open Nov. 8, Target said in a press release from publicist Erin Talbert-Brust of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. A former Andronico’s Market once occupied the site.
It will be Target’s 33rd store in the Bay Area, and the third small-format one, after one in Marin City and another in Berkeley, at 2187 Shattuck Ave., on the northeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way.
That store, a Target Express, opened in March 2015. Almost half of the store is dedicated to food products, mostly packaged and bottled, and a small selection of fresh fruit, with the rest of the store given over mostly to cosmetics, household items, socks and underwear, and a pharmacy.
“Target has prioritized opening small-format stores to serve guests in dense neighborhoods with assortments that are tailored to meet the needs of local guests,” the press release states.
The 70 new hires will bring the number of Target team members — the chain’s lingo for employees — Bay Area-wide to 9,890, Talbert-Brust said.
“Target provides team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills for their careers,” Talbert-Brust said.
Target store team leader Bethany Wilson, in the press release, said, “We are excited to build a dynamic team for the larger UC Berkeley community and area residents,” adding, “The Berkeley West location will provide a streamlined shopping trip with our variety of products tailored to the vibrant neighborhood.”
Source:: East Bay – Business