Just a few months after closing two regional stores, Ralphs announced that it would host a series of recruitment events in October to fill 30 pharmacy positions and more than 1,200 retail jobs throughout Southern California.
Supermarket chain, a division of The Kroger Company, will hold a virtual Health and Wellness Job Fair on Wednesday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to hire pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Another virtual hiring event will run on Wednesday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fill retail openings.
Pharmacy applicants can make virtual job appointments at https://bit.ly/39TbAri and retail job seekers can sign in at https://bit.ly/39Rz53N.
The grocery chain joins a particularly frenetic jobs market in California and the US as many employers struggle to lure workers. Retailers, fast-food chains and many logistics firms are looking to hire thousands ahead of the holiday shopping season. At the same time, a survey of employers showed that many people want to leave their jobs because they don’t realize where they are.
Kroger recently closed one Ralph’s supermarket and Food4Les grocery in Long Beach and another Ralph’s in Los Angeles. Kroger called all three “underperforming” stores, and said the decision to close them was accelerated by COVID-19 “hazardous pay” as cities mandated grocery workers.
Temporary, hourly increments were $4 at the Long Beach store and $5 at the Los Angeles location.
Ralphs said it is looking for full- and part-time Southern California workers to staff production departments and center aisles in addition to cashiers, etiquette clerks and online order-fulfillment workers for its Ralph’s pickup service.
Full-time and part-time positions are also available at the company’s manufacturing and distribution centers. Human resources director Leanne Romsberg said the jobs offer flexible schedules, competitive salaries and health care, retirement benefits and tuition reimbursement.
Ralph didn’t say what the various positions are paid, but data from Indeed.com shows cashiers in Los Angeles average $15.58 an hour, while pharmacy technicians average $41,682 per year, or about $20 an hour. Pharmacists average $146,602 annually and warehouse receivers average $41,734 per year.
The Kroger Family of Companies gives workers access to its Feed Your Future program. It provides employees with up to $3,500 annually and up to $21,000 during their careers with the company to improve themselves through education.
Ralphs employs an estimated 18,000 employees in 184 stores throughout Southern California and the Central Coast.