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Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 2:40 p.m.
 

Giant Eagle said on Thursday that it wants to hire 550 full- and part-time employees for its new Valu King store and for Giant Eagle and GetGo locations in the North Hills.

The O'Hara-based supermarket chain announced two job fairs: one on Saturday, to hire about 100 workers for the first Valu King discount grocery store in the Pittsburgh area, and one on Sept. 29 to fill openings at several Giant Eagle and GetGo convenience stores north of Pittsburgh.

“It's all about not only the growth of that area, but the growth of Giant Eagle there,” spokesman Dick Roberts said.

In addition to the discount Valu King, scheduled to open in early November on McKnight Road in Ross, a Giant Eagle opened in Shaler in January 2011, and a store in Pine was expanded to 90,000 square feet and rebranded as a Market District location early this year.

Running large stores 24 hours a day requires plenty of personnel, Roberts said, and Market District locations need more culinary employees to prepare specialty foods.

Pay rates start at $7.45 an hour, and all jobs include benefits, Roberts said. Both job fairs will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 4859 McKnight Road. No appointments are needed.

Positions are available at Giant Eagle stores in Shaler, Bellevue, Ross and Fox Chapel, and GetGos in Cranberry and Ross. Management, food preparation, grocery, meat cutting, deli and bakery workers are needed, along with clerks and cashiers.

Giant Eagle has 232 of its namesake grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia, and 172 GetGos, Roberts said.

The company acquired the Valu King name with its acquisition of a Youngstown, Ohio, grocery supplier in the 1980s. Valu King has about a half-dozen stores, including Erie and Johnstown locations. Companywide, Giant Eagle has more than 36,000 employees.

Kim Leonard is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5606 or kleonard@tribweb.com.

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