Kroger is hiring 11,000 workers, up about 1,000 from last year.
The nation’s largest grocery chain by revenue is locked in a fierce completion with Amazon.com, which acquired Whole Foods last year, as well as Walmart and Target.
The company said Tuesday that almost 2,000 of the jobs are management positions. It hired 12,000 people in 2016 and currently has nearly 500,000 employees and 2,800 grocery stores.
Kroger spokesman Eric Halvorson told NewsChannel 15 that the grocer won’t see a dramatic addition to its total employment in the Fort Wayne area in 2018. Halvorson said in Kroger’s northeastern Indiana district, the company hired 2,134 people in 2017. He predicted Kroger’s hiring would produce a similar number of new associates in 2018.
All told, Kroger Co. is earmarking $500 million for employee pay, training and development over the next three years.
Shares of the Cincinnati company added 3 cents to $23.59 in afternoon trading.