HOUSTON — The recent surge in shoppers due to the coronavirus outbreak has led to a big hiring push nationwide for new grocery store employees on all levels.

Kroger, Walmart, Fiesta and Randall’s and other retailers are all hiring. These stores have been making it known that thousands of positions are available for both part-time or full-time and various capacities, from cashiers and managers to warehouse stockers and curbside pick up employees.

And it's working.

H-E-B has had immense success—  accepting an estimated 40,000 job applications statewide in just a little over a week. KHOU 11 reached out to the popular Texas grocery chain, and they confirmed they won't be accepting any new applications for the time being because of the response.  

If you're still in need of work, don't fret. The following companies are still hiring. To apply to for those positions, click on the links below:

Kroger positions at jobs.kroger.com.

Randall’s positions at albertsonscompanies.com/carreers/randalls-careers.html

Fiesta positions at fiestamart.com/careers

Walmart positions at careers.walmart.com

Domino's apply at  jobs.dominos.com/dominos-careers/  

Sprouts Farmers Market apply at.com/careers or by texting the word “careers” to 480-800-8056.

Houston Food Bank: The non-profit paying laid-off workers to help out. More details.

Amazon positions at https://www.amazon.jobs/en/

The Rustic positions at http://therustic.com/careers/

H-E-B positions at careers.heb.com (currently not accepting new applicants.)

Ace Hardware positions at https://storejobs.acehardware.com/ 

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores positions at https://jobs.loves.com/

“Right now we are actually hiring 10,000 people company-wide,” Clara Campbell with Kroger Company said. “The past week alone we’ve hired 2,000 people just to keep up with increased demand from the coronavirus.”

The positions at all the stores range from in-store to warehouse jobs and include all shifts. Many of these positions need to be filled immediately.

“We are hiring people literally one or two days after you apply. So we are trying to make it quick and easy for everyone," Campbell said.

Walmart is hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May, including more than 15,000 associates across Texas, to work in its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. Walmart is offering a temporary $2/hour pay increase for all hourly associates working in its e-commerce fulfillment centers, from now through Memorial Day.

Amazon, a company that has seen an increase in online orders, is hiring an additional 100,000 people nationwide. Those jobs start at $17 an hour through at least April.

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