Whole Foods Market announced today that it will hold a series of three job fairs to hire workers for its planned Jamaica Plain store.
The first job fair will be held Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Connolly Branch Library on Centre Street. The second and third job fairs will be Monday and Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m., at the same location.
The store plans to open in late fall and employ at least 100 people, according to a company spokeswoman. Both full and part time positions will be available the company said.
To expedite the interview process, those planning to attend a job fair are encouraged to complete an online application at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers.
Earlier this spring, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council passed by a one-vote margin a measure to voice publicly that “Based on what we know now, we are concerned that Whole Foods is not a good fit for Hyde Square.”
The council went on to form an ad-hoc committee over the summer that issued a 69-page report on the supermarket chain's planned arrival.
Three weeks ago, five members of the 20-member council met with Whole Foods officials to present a "good neighbor" agreement, based in part on that earlier report, and hoped to negotiate a formal deal with the company.
But, council members said they were told by company officials that Whole Foods was unwilling to enter into any formal agreement. The company has specifically rejected the notion of establishing a special fund for the community, an idea demanded of the company publicly in recent months by some in the neighborhood.
"We asked, and they said no," former negotiating team member Pam Bender said at a meeting last night.
"I think they told us pretty quickly off the bat they weren't entering into any formal agreement," added fellow former negotiating team member Steve Laferriere. "Whole Foods feels like they already do most of what was asked of them."
He said he the company told the negotiating team it plans to soon issue a document to the community that will include a list of the resources and opportunities the company does offer. And, the company is also working with the city's redevelopment authority to publicize a study Whole Foods has had conducted regarding the traffic impacts of its planned Hyde Square store.
Laferriere and Bender did not run in the neighborhood council's re-election on Saturday, but attended the newly elected council's first meeting Tuesday evening.
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