Hol­i­day hir­ing

Firm’s biggest sea­sonal hir­ing spree in re­cent years will dou­ble its do­mes­tic work­force.

Los Angeles Times - - Business - An­drea Chang an­drea.chang@latimes.com

Toys R Us plans to add about 45,000 sea­sonal work­ers na­tion­wide.

With plans to op­er­ate 600 tem­po­rary toy shops for the hol­i­days, Toys R Us Inc. said Mon­day that it would bulk up its work­force by hir­ing about 45,000 sea­sonal work­ers na­tion­wide, more than it has hired dur­ing each of the last three Christ­mas sea­sons.

Toys R Us said the tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees would dou­ble its do­mes­tic work­force. In pre­vi­ous years, the com­pany added about 35,000 em­ploy­ees dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son.

The Wayne, N.J., re­tailer said that 35,000 of this year’s sea­sonal hires would staff the com­pany’s 587 tra­di­tional Toys R Us stores and that 10,000 of the tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees would work at the Toys R Us Ex­press pop-up lo­ca­tions. Sea­sonal work­ers will also be hired to work in the com­pany’s nine dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters across the U.S.

The com­pany said high­per­form­ing sea­sonal work­ers might be of­fered per­ma­nent po­si­tions af­ter the hol­i­days. The ag­gres­sive ex­pan­sion of the Ex­press stores to 600 — there were only 90 of them na­tion­wide last year — will bring about 70 pop-up shops to Cal­i­for­nia, of which more than 40 will be in the Los An­ge­les area.

Toys R Us is also open­ing about 10 FAO Sch­warz hol­i­day pop-up shops around the coun­try, in­clud­ing one at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

In its an­nual hol­i­day hir­ing fore­cast re­leased this month, out­place­ment firm Chal­lenger, Gray & Christ­mas Inc. said sales gains in re­cent months could lead to in­creased hol­i­day hir­ing by the nation’s re­tail­ers this year. But it added that the num­ber of sea­sonal work­ers added to re­tail­ers’ pay­rolls from Oc­to­ber through De­cem­ber was still likely to fall short of pre-re­ces­sion lev­els.

Last week, Macy’s Inc. an­nounced it planned to hire 65,000 hol­i­day work­ers, a slight in­crease from pre­vi­ous years. The depart­ment store gi­ant said the in­creased hir­ing level re­flected the com­pany’s ex­pec­ta­tions for sales at stores open at least a year to in­crease 3% to 3.5% in the sec­ond half of fis­cal 2010, which ends in Jan­uary.

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