RICHMOND, Va.—GPM Investments LLC, a subsidiary of ARKO Corp., plans to hire 5,000 employees, including filling open, seasonal and turnover full- and part-time positions in its stores located in several states.
“We’re looking forward to bringing even more employees to the GPM family as new opportunities are available for thousands of individuals this year,” said Arie Kotler, chairman, president and CEO of ARKO. “The entire economy continues to face a tight labor market, and I’m confident that our benefits package and convenient virtual interview process will help us in this hiring effort as we look for energetic, customer-oriented, individuals to help fill these positions.”
The hiring is the company’s latest move to offer more opportunities for workers in local communities, according to a news release.
During the pandemic, GPM embraced new ways of hiring and interacting with candidates. The company implemented a texting software as an avenue to communicate and engage with candidates. GPM also adopted a virtual interview process, which has positively improved the overall experience for candidates and hiring managers, said GPM.
Full-time GPM employees receive a variety of benefits, including 401(k) with company match; incentives; paid time off; health, dental, vision and life insurance; and disability coverage. Part-time associates are eligible for paid time off and certain benefits. GPM pays its employees weekly and also partners with PayActiv, a technology platform that provides employees with financial services, allowing employees to gain access to earned wages prior to their scheduled paycheck.
This summer, GPM is also offering retention bonuses and other incentives for employees at multiple levels, including associates, store managers and district managers.
Many retailers are looking for employees to fill vacancies in the tight labor market. Last week, 7-Eleven Speedway and Stripes, along with participating independent franchise owners and operators, hosted a national hiring event across more than 13,000 stores in the U.S. with a goal to collectively hire 60,000 employees.
Pilot Company is actively hiring more than 10,000 positions in retail and food service at its stores, to transport fuel and DEF as company drivers, and in corporate positions at its offices in Knoxville, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston.
Kroger is looking to fill 23,000 jobs and is also hosted a hiring event to get applicants. Kroger starts employee pay at $17 an hour on average, and when coupled with benefits, average total compensation is more than $22 an hour. The grocer also offers up to $21,000 in tuition reimbursement for both part-time and full-time associates, as well as other health benefits and perks.
March saw a seasonally adjusted 11.5 million job openings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, up from 11.3 million job openings in February and setting a new record previously set in December 2021 at 11.4 million job openings.
A record amount of people quit their jobs in March—4.5 million, which is slightly higher than the previous record of quits set in November 2021. In March, 6.7 million people were hired.
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