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    Amazon plans to hire thousands in Phoenix metro

    Online shopping giant says it will hire 5,000 people in the Phoenix metro as part of a nationwide hiring push that will total 75,000 fulfillment and logistics jobs.

    The Valley openings for full- and part-time jobs come at a time of growth for the company’s presence in Arizona. In March, the company announced it is building new sortation centers in Glendale and Tucson.

    Amazon also has two other West Valley locations opening this year, which are a cross-dock facility in Goodyear and a delivery station in Surprise.

    The new jobs will have an average starting pay of $17 per hour, with some workers possibly getting sign-on bonuses of $1,000, according to the company. Full-time workers will get comprehensive benefits packages including health, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) with 50% company match and other benefits.

    “We look forward to hiring 75,000 associates across our fulfillment and transportation network,” said Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of Global Customer Fulfillment at Amazon, in a statement. “Working at Amazon also comes with an unwavering commitment to safety, especially as we continue to navigate a global pandemic. In addition to the great pay and robust benefits available to new hires starting on their first day, we’re offering a $100 benefit to any new hire who comes to Amazon already vaccinated for Covid-19.”

    The company said it has been conducting on-site voluntary vaccination events at many of its sites, including in Arizona.

    Hiring has begun, and interested candidates can visit to learn more about the jobs.

    Bashas’ openings

    In addition to the Amazon announcement, Arizona family-owned grocery store chain Bashas’ also announced a job fair this weekend to hire hundreds of people for its group of stores.

    The statewide job fair is intended to fill 700 full- and part-time positions. It will take place May 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the company’s Chandler distribution center at 125 S. 54th St., and at 114 grocery stores throughout the state.

    Open positions include clerks, store managers, bakers, meat cutters and others.

    The job fair, which will include face masks, social distancing and health checks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, will be an opportunity for applicants to complete paperwork, be interviewed and potentially be hired on the spot.

    Job-seekers can fill out applications in advance at

    Bashas’ stores include Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, Eddie’s Country Store, Bashas’ and Bashas’ Dine supermarkets.

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