If you're looking for a job, I have some good news for you:
Several businesses in the area are hiring, from north Modesto to west Patterson and for jobs ranging from fitting footwear to loading electronics.
Amazon, which is building a massive warehouse in Patterson, lists 18 different positions on its website, where it accepts applications.
Jobs listed include operations manager, information technology specialist and "learning area manager."
Patterson City Manager Rod Butler said officials anticipate hiring getting brisk in the coming weeks in preparation for the distribution center opening late this summer or early fall.
For more information, go to www.amazon.com and scroll to the bottom. Click on "Careers" and then search for jobs in Patterson. There also are a variety of jobs posted there for the Tracy distribution center, also under construction.
In Turlock, as my colleague Marijke Rowland reported this week, The Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market has opened a hiring center near its Geer Road site. The center, at 2101 Geer Road, Suite 107, will help to hire up to 95 employees needed to staff the 24-hour store, which is set to open late this summer.
And finally, I got a news release from Crocs, Inc., which is looking to hire 10 people for its new store at Vintage Faire. The store is set to open June 27, officials said.
"We're looking for team members who have a passion for comfortable shoes and great customer service, and who share Crocs' core values of trust, teamwork and fun," William McCaffrey, regional manager of the Crocs Vintage Faire store, said in the news release. "Our employees are truly the heart of our company, and we're looking forward to expanding our Crocs family with the addition of our new Modesto store."
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
Modesto Transfer and Storage recently announced it has joined national firm Atlas Van Lines, as an agency partner. Modesto Transfer, which has been in business for 40 years, is growing 40 percent in the last year, the company said in a news release.
Root Family Farms, on Ladd Road in Modesto, has closed its store. The Facebook page of the popular local fruit, nut and gift retailer says the family hopes to reopen sometime down the road.
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