CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – One of Arizona’s most prominent companies is looking to fill more than 1,000 full-time and part-time positions. Bashas’ – a family-owned grocery store since the early 1930s – is hosting a hiring fair today until 4 p.m. The company also operates Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods.

Bashas', Food City, AJ's Fine Foods

Available jobs range from entry-level hourly clerks to store managers. The company says it has a particular need for skilled bakers and meat cutters.

“Bashas’ Family of Stores offers flexible hours; great benefits; a grocery discount; competitive pay; and professional development, growth, and advancement opportunities to its members (employees),” according to the event announcement. “The company is one of the largest employers in the state and one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona.”

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“It really is a wonderful place to work,” said company spokeswoman Ashley Shick, who has been with Bashas for five years. “Family and taking care of the community are absolutely at the core of the company.”

Immediate openings

  • Bakery managers, pastry chefs, bakers, cake decorators, and bakery clerks
  • Sushi chefs, meat cutters, and meat sales clerks
  • Gourmet chefs, BBQ chefs, and outside grillers
  • Bistro and deli managers, bistro cooks, bistro and deli clerks
  • Starbucks managers and baristas
  • Produce clerks
  • Floral designers
  • Cashiers, courtesy clerks, and delivery drivers
  • Night crew
  • Dishwashers
Bashas' hiring event

“Our two biggest needs here at our distribution center are order selectors … and then drivers,” company spokeswoman Ashley Schick told our Jessica Parsons.

The job fair is taking place at the company’s distribution center in Chandler and at 114 grocery stores throughout Arizona, and they’re hiring on the spot for many positions.

“The goal is that we’ve got you hired at the end of the day, and you can start within a day or so,” Schick explained.

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In many cases, lack of experience is not a deal-breaker. The company is big on training and career development.

“We are looking for those folks that want to make this a career and be with us long-term,” Shick said. “We’ll encourage you to continue your career with us for many years to come.”

You can check out the open positions and fill out an application online at

Bashas’ is a third-general family-owned business and one of the largest employers in the state.

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