If you're looking for a job, the opening of a new store could help you complete that search. The Walmart being built in the old location on 23rd Street is now in the hiring process as it plans to open in just a few months.
"We're in the process of interviewing internal transfer candidates and we're taking applications from external candidates," says Walmart Store Manager Tim Cobb.
Walmart set up a temporary hiring center inside the Workforce Center in Panama City last week and already they're quite a response from the Bay county community. Workforce Services and Communications Director Maria Goodwin says they've seen over 600 applicants since Walmart set up the hiring site on October 1st. Tim Cobb says Walmart gets between 75 and 100 applications every day.
"Hiring 260 jobs is a huge economic impact for our area," says Goodwin. "And we're really excited to help them fill those positions because we see the need for it, we see the job seekers come in here and looking for it."
Unemployment numbers aren't available for this month or September yet, but Goodwin says expect the 7.9 unemployment figure for August to go up. "Tourism will be slowing down," says Goodwin, impacting employment opportunities. "That's a seasonal trend that our area has year after year, so we just know to expect that."
Walmart plans to start the interview process in about a week. Cobb says there's a possibility some of the people they interview first at the Workforce Center could start working earlier than January, when the store is expected to open. Those individuals would be placed in Walmar stores in Callaway or Lynn Haven before being transferred to the store on 23rd street.
However, Cobb says applications are still welcome and will be accepted into December. Cobb says construction is on schedule and they should start moving merchandise in as early as December. The grand opening is scheduled for January 23rd.