Job fairs: Bashas', Food City, AJ's hiring for hundreds of positions

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PHOENIX – Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods are hosting a series of job fairs over the next few days to fill more than 400 full-time and part-time positions at stores all over the state. Three of the job fairs are in Phoenix; the fourth will take place in Tucson.

Available positions include merchandise, customer service, bakery, deli and meat managers; various chefs; Starbucks baristas; bakery, deli, produce and tortilleria clerks; bookkeepers; cake decorators; bakers; cashiers and courtesy clerks; meat cutters, wrappers and helpers; warehouse order selectors; stockers and night stockers.

Kristy Nied of Bashas’ Family of Stores said retails experience is definite plus. Pre-employment drug screen and E-Verify are required upon offer of employment.

Bruce Haffner checked out the first of the four events, speaking both to interviewers and prospective employees.

Ike and Eddie Basha Sr. opened the first Bashas' store in 1932. Today, there are more than 130 Bashas', Food City and AJ's Fine Foods stores. While most of the stores are in Arizona, there are also locations in Needles, Calif. and Crownpoint, N.M.

According to the Bashas' website, "the different formats enable the company to serve different "demographic neighborhoods" with the appropriate mixture of products and services to meet the needs of the customers."

Bashas' Family of Stores has been ranked one of the best places to work for three years in a row. The family-owned grocer offers industry competitive wages and benefits, and a 5 percent discount on groceries.

The company employees more than 11,000 people.

Tuesday, May 3 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
University of Phoenix - Hohokam Campus
4635 E. Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Wednesday, May 4 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
University of Phoenix - West Valley Learning Center
9520 W. Palm Lane
West Phoenix, AZ 85037

Thursday, May 5 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
University of Phoenix - Mesa Learning Center
1620 S. Stapley Drive
Mesa, AZ 85204

Tuesday, May 10 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
Tucson Convention Center- Turquoise Ballroom
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701