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A line of people waited for job interviews Wednesday at ALDI grocery, 4805 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

A line of people waited for job interviews Wednesday at ALDI grocery, 4805 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.


A crowd of people gathered Wednesday morning at the ALDI grocery, 4805 State Ave. It wasn’t a special sale on food that caused the people to assemble. The occasion was ALDI’s first of three two-hour interviewing sessions for job applicants in the Kansas City area. Other interview sessions will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 7 a.m. to 9.a.m. at ALDI locations in Shawnee and Independence.

“We pay significantly higher wages with full benefits, much more than our competitors,” explained Amy Watson, the Olathe-based director of ALDI store operations, “and that draws a lot of applicants.”

The announced openings are for store associates, who are paid $11.50 per hour, and shift managers, who earn $16 an hour. Watson estimated the interview sessions would attract about 200 applicants. About 20 people are likely to be hired from that group.

Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply and have a high school diploma or GED. Retail experience is preferred and previous experience is required for managers. ALDI requires drug screening and performs background checks. Those hired must be available to work anytime between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday and have the ability to lift 45 pounds.

ALDI has 24 stores in the Kansas City area and 1,300 nationally in 32 states, mostly from Kansas to the East Coast. The company, which bills itself as the nation’s low-price grocery leader, plans to open about 100 stores each year.

“We continue to have excellent growth because of the people we hire from each community and our ability to offer fresh produce and meat, as well as organic and gluten-free selections,” Watson concluded.

A line of people waited for job interviews Wednesday at ALDI grocery, 4805 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

A line of people waited for job interviews Wednesday at ALDI grocery, 4805 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

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One of the coolest spots in Kansas City, Kan., during this heat wave is the new sweetFrog frozen yogurt location at The Legends Outlets. The store opened last weekend and includes 21 daily flavors, including nonfat, low-fat, sugar free and sorbet options and more than 60 available toppings. sweetFrog is at 1829 Village West Parkway T131 on the east side.

One of the coolest spots in Kansas City, Kan., during this heat wave is the new sweetFrog frozen yogurt location at The Legends Outlets. The store opened last weekend and includes 21 daily flavors, including nonfat, low-fat, sugar free and sorbet options and more than 60 available toppings. sweetFrog is at 1829 Village West Parkway T131 on the east side.

Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., continued to have the highest unemployment rate in the state of Kansas during July 2014.

According to statistics released this week from the Kansas Department of Labor, the Wyandotte County unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, as compared to 7.8 percent in June and 9.2 percent one year ago.

The Kansas City, Kan., unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in July, compared to 7.9 percent in June and 9.4 percent one year ago.

The number of unemployed persons reported in Wyandotte County during July by the Kansas Department of Labor was 6,343.

The state of Kansas had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.9 percent during July. It was down from 5.6 percent one year ago, according to state Labor Department officials.

According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the state gained 13,500 private sector jobs, seasonally adjusted, since last year, and 13,800 nonfarm jobs.

Since last month, the state gained 900 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs and 2,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, a slight increase over last month, according to the state Department of Labor.

“Several signs demonstrate continuing strength in the Kansas economy. We continue to see private sector job growth and low unemployment with the number of Kansans working at one of the highest levels in state history,” said Lana Gordon, Kansas secretary of labor, in a news release.

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