ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Wawa is hiring 1,500 seasonal workers for its locations in beach towns. The Pennsylvania-based retailer has seaside locations in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia that see summer spikes. More than 60 Wawa locations are seeking additional help.
The company is touting a free sandwich every shift, discounted menu items and flexible scheduling, including the opportunity to work evenings or overnights and still spend daytime at the shore. Wawa offers all associates a starting salary of $15 an hour.
Last summer, Wawa sought to hire 1,000 seasonal workers, The Philadelphia Inquirer notes. “We have many associates who started with us in a ‘summer job,’ loved the role and have gone on to have fulfilling careers at all levels within our stores,” spokesperson Lori Bruce told the newspaper. “In addition, we have many associates who have worked in our highly seasonal stores during the summer who then return to their ‘local’ Wawa for continued employment.”
Amusement parks and other seasonal employers are also launching job fairs and recruiting workers. In January, the unemployment rate fell to a 53-year low of 3.4%.
Meanwhile, 7-Eleven Inc. announced the creation of new jobs based out of the organization's Store Support Center in Enon, Ohio, supporting customers, employees and franchisees across the 7-Eleven, Inc. banner of brands including 7-Eleven, Speedway, Stripes, Laredo Taco Company and Raise the Roost Chicken and Biscuits.
Next week, the company is hosting a hiring event to fill open roles across customer service, IT support and alarm center dispatch. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 at the Enon Store Support Center.
"For more than 95 years, 7-Eleven has been leading the way to revolutionize convenience—and in 2023 our family of brands is committed to investing in even more local growth opportunities to continue this legacy to serve our customers, stores and franchisees," said Sam Mulkey, senior vice president, general manager of Speedway and Speedway integration. "Bringing local, domestic jobs to the hometown of Speedway helps fulfill our mission to give our customers what they want, when and where they want it."