Home Depot To Hire 230 in Midlands

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By Rob Dew
By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- "It's about ready to burst open," says Gail Layton, store manager of the Home Depot in Sandhills.

Spring is a month away, but Home Depot is ready to help you furnish your patio and host a cook out.

"We are getting ready for our busiest season, being the garden season," says Layton.

Layton, who's worked for Home Depot for fourteen years, says this is one of the busiest times of the year for the retail giant and they need extra help to help you.

"We are looking at garden primarily, we have lots, we have loaders. We also have cashier positions that we're hiring," says Layton.

In Columbia alone, Home Depot is set to hire 230 people, 180 of them are in-store seasonal employees, with 4 stores in the area that's an average of 45 employees per store.

For some that could mean getting out of the unemployment line.

"It's great, just to know some of the people that we are helping, to see the excitement that they're feeling when we offer them the position," says Layton.

But, the stores aren't the only ones looking to hire.

"It's a busy season," says Tracy Bloedel, General Manager of the Home Depot Distribution Center in West Columbia.

Another 50 permanent positions are available at the distribution center in West Columbia.

"We always like adding to the community, bringing on people, it's part of what we do," says Bloedel.

Bloedel says the gain for Home Depot, which opened its West Columbia distribution center almost 3 years ago, is also a gain for South Carolina.

"We add to the local economy, we add jobs to the area. We have military veterans we are looking to recruit and bring on board," says Bloedel.

So far, we're told the peak season has also peaked a lot of interest.

"It's huge, we've had two hiring forums and the turnout has been fantastic," says Bloedel.

So if you want a job, act fast, hiring ends in a few short weeks.

To apply go to http://careers.homedepot.com.

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