7-Eleven, Speedway and Stripes will host a National Hiring Event on May 3 across more than 13,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, with the goal of collectively onboarding 60,000 employees. The retailers are looking for both associate and management positions inside the store as well as support roles, numerous IT positions and maintenance technicians, and will be offering same-day interviews and on-the-spot job offers for store-level applicants.
Additionally, Kroger will host a hiring event on April 30 to hire 23,000 employees. The retailer is aiming to attract workers with benefits including an average hourly wage of $17, a continuing education program that offers up to $21,000 in tuition reimbursement, and discounts on groceries, electronics, streaming services and other goods.
The additional associates will help 7-Eleven keep up with an expected surge in summer traffic both in stores and through mobile orders. The 7NOW app promises deliveries in 30 minutes or less, an increasingly important window in the modern c-store marketplace, and having a large staff available to pick and deliver is key to minimizing delivery times.
“For more than 90 years, 7-Eleven has been innovating to meet customer needs, and 2022 is presenting our family of brands with more exciting growth opportunities than ever across the country,” said Rankin Gasaway, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer at 7-Eleven in a statement. “We and our franchisees take pride in providing associates with career advancement, flexible work schedules and competitive pay, and we welcome you to come learn and grow with 7-Eleven, Speedway and Stripes.”
7-Eleven isn’t the only retailer making a big hiring push. In March 2022, Walmart announced that it would be filling 50,000 associate and 5,000 tech roles, and Casey’s hosted in-person hiring events at its more than 2,400 stores to fill 5,000 positions. Adidas is hiring more than 2,800 new employees this year across 307 locations and 47 countries.
All three companies also are touting the benefits of working with them as retailers across the industry fight the effects of the “Great Resignation.” Incentives include Walmart’s offer to cover 100% of college tuition and books payments; Casey’s emphasis on flexible schedules and growth opportunities; and Adidas’ statement that it will “go above and beyond every day to create an attractive working environment for our employees.”