Target seeks to fill 250 jobs at Santa Rosa job fair next week

  • Painters put the final red line on the outside of the the new Target building at Coddingtown Mall.

With its new store set to open at Coddingtown Mall in October, Target will host a job fair next week seeking up to 250 employees for its newest retail establishment in Santa Rosa.

The hiring and the upcoming store opening are seen as good news for the west-side shopping center that opened a half-century ago.

“It sets the stage for further revival at Coddingtown,” said Ben Stone, executive director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board..

The three-day job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 to 9 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

“The job fair will focus on recruiting candidates for hourly team member positions,” Target spokeswoman Kristen Emmons said in a statement.

However, Target’s job website also lists a limited number of management positions for the Santa Rosa area.

The Minneapolis-based retail chain, which operates 1,925 stores in the U.S. and Canada, doesn’t release pay or benefit information, Emmons said. “We place a priority on ensuring our compensation packages are competitive with retail and other service industries in the communities we serve,” she said.

The makeup of Target’s workforce received considerable scrutiny when the city planning commission reviewed and eventually approved the project in 2012. After some initial confusion, which sparked a second hearing, a Target spokesman reported that between 35 and 45 percent of store staff work full time, with the balance being part-timers.

The Coddingtown store has scheduled its grand opening on Oct. 12, Emmons said. Most of the staff will report to the store in September for orientation and training.

The company encourages job seekers to apply online in advance at Target.com/careers.

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