Updated: 06/24/2014 10:39 PM
Created: 06/24/2014 3:39 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
A company moving into the Twin Ports is looking to hire hundreds of people and they want to do it fast.
"We are hiring for everything," Kwik Trip District Leader Layne Froehlich said. "Full time, part time, we're hiring cashiers; we're hiring cooks."
Eight new Kwik Trip stores are in the works for 2014 and the Wisconsin-based company is looking to hire 400 people. They had their second job fair at the Country Inn and Suites on Haines Road Tuesday.
The last job fair drew 300 people.
"I kind of want a new job," job seeker Brandon Bilderback said. "I'm done with the fast food and I think Kwik Trip would be a good opportunity for me to branch out and do new things."
Job searchers were interviewed on the spot during the job fair. A Kwik Trip employee at the event said they look for one main thing.
"We really want people who have a passion for customer service," Assistant Store Leader Bridget Coughlin said. "We're really customer driven. We care about the customers more than anything."
Of the 400 new positions, about 160 are full-time jobs. Part-time jobs still have benefits like vacation pay and 401k programs.
The first store to open will be in Superior on Tower Avenue in August.
This first wave is just the beginning for Kwik Trip in the area. Froehlich said they plan to open six or more stores in 2015 and even more in 2016.
"I guess as long as the market demands and we can handle building new stores we are going to bring them to the Twin Ports," Froehlich said.
The job fair continues at the Country Inn and Suites Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other dates include:
July 8 and 9 at WITC Conference Center in Superior
July 29 and 30 at the Hampton Inn in Canal Park
August 13 and 14 at Country Inn and Suites in Duluth
September 23 and 24 at Black Bear Casino in Carlton
Anderson Takes Top Spot in Tight Beargrease Finish
After more than 300 miles on the trail, musher Ryan Anderson and his team clinched first place in the 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. His team of 11 pulled into the finish line at Billy's Bar in Duluth just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. This is Anderson's second full-distance win. He won the marathon back in 2011 when he beat out musher Nathan Schroeder by just 20 seconds
Fleets Feeling Impact of Low Gas Prices
An average American drives about 28 miles per day, meanwhile Custom Cab's taxi drivers said they drive 240 miles, so for the dozen or so cabs the company has, these low prices mean high savings.
One Man Seriously Injured When Vehicle Rear-Ends School Bus, 45 Kids Uninjured
A 49-year-old Ashland man suffered life-threatening injuries after rear-ending a school bus near Ashland on Tuesday afternoon. However, none of the 45 children on the bus were hurt.
Victim Identified in Beltrami Co. Home Explosion
The Bemidji Fire Department says a propane gas leak appears to have been the cause of an explosion that destroyed a rural Bemidji home Monday, injuring one person. The person's condition has not been released.
Enbridge Defends Northern Minnesota Route for Pipeline
Enbridge Energy is defending its proposal to build a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline. Company executives testified Tuesday during the first day of a hearing before a regulatory judge in St. Paul. Critics of the $2.6 billion project have questioned whether the line needs a northern route.