Holidays

J.C. Penney to hire 1,300 in Michigan for holidays

  • J.C. Penney to hire same number of holiday workers as last year: 40,000
  • Hiring 1,300 in Michigan
  • Target to increase seasonal hiring, while Macy’s to decrease

J.C. Penney Co. plans to hire 1,300 people across its 34 stores in Michigan as it and other retailers gear up for the holiday season.

The Plano, Texas-based department store operator announced it is seeking about 40,000 new hires nationwide — the same number as last year.

The company is looking for cashiers, workers to restock its stores and beauty consultants to work at in-store Sephora makeup shops, it said Friday.

Retailers tend to start hiring in October to prepare for the busy holiday shopping season.

Target Corp. recently announced it will boost hiring 40 percent to 100,000 this year for its more than 1,800 stores, including 4,500 to help pack and ship online orders at its warehouses. It plans to hire 2,000 total in Michigan.

Macy’s Inc., which has about 830 stores, says it expects to hire 80,000 people this year, down 4 percent from a year ago. But it is hiring 18,000 workers, 3,000 more than last year, to fulfill online orders and other tasks at warehouses devoted to e-commerce operations.

J.C. Penney will hold a nationwide job fair in its approximately 875 stores on Oct. 17, it said. The company had 41 locations in Michigan, with about a dozen in metro Detroit, but planned to close seven stores in the state this June, affecting 5,000 employees.

Hiring plans provide hints to a store’s expectations for the holiday season, which accounts for 20 percent of all retail sales during the year, according to the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group.

Department stores have wrestled with weak sales as more customers shop online and increasingly spend money on things other than clothing. It’s facing competition there as well, however, as Amazon, digs deeper into fashion.

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