The latest chapter of Wal-Mart's ever-expanding presence in the Sacramento area is producing demand for about 265 workers at a soon-to-open general merchandise store in Elk Grove.
Officials said they expect the 148,200-square-foot Elk Grove store at 10075 Bruceville Road to open in March.
To screen job candidates, Wal-Mart has opened a temporary hiring center at 9561 Laguna Springs Drive, Suite 110, in Elk Grove. The hiring center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Applicants can also apply online at www.careers.walmart.com.
"We are hiring both full- and part-time associates," said Jorge Sabido, store manager. Sabido said workers are needed in all areas of the Elk Grove store, including supervisory positions. The majority of hires will begin work in February to help prepare the store for its grand opening.
The store opening is part of a lengthy process that prompted some Elk Grove residents to oppose Wal-Mart's past plans, citing the potential for traffic, noise and crime.
Wal-Mart raised eyebrows in March last year when it said it had hired a general contractor to begin work on a general merchandise store at the site, even though it had not yet received a building permit from the city of Elk Grove.
At the time, Wal-Mart officials said the company had a site permit from the city for grading and other work already under way.
City officials said Tuesday that Wal-Mart has, over time, operated within its requirements for building at the site.
Since spring 2012, Wal-Mart's presence in the Sacramento region has grown significantly, including in Elk Grove. In November, Wal-Mart opened a Neighborhood Market on Elk Grove Boulevard, the fourth new store opening in two months.
On Sept. 19 last year, Wal-Mart simultaneously opened the doors on five Neighborhood Market stores in the Central Valley, three of them in the Sacramento area, touting a boost of more than 350 jobs.
Started in 1998, Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market chain now includes 200 stores nationwide. The stores tout quick, convenient and affordable shopping for groceries, pharmacy items and general merchandise.
The markets also have put more pressure on older, unionized grocers such as West Sacramento-based Raley's.