Amazon opens Garner fulfillment center, will employ 3,000. Here’s who else is hiring.

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Amazon officially opened its massive fulfillment center in Garner last week, as the online shopping giant slowly ramps up what will become the largest private employer in the town.

Amazon will eventually employ around 3,000 employees at the distribution center, making it one of the biggest hirers in the area during the pandemic. The company said the first item received by the building was a 750-piece puzzle on Aug. 2, and it shipped its first order on Aug. 9: an all-purpose squeegee.

Since the coronavirus pandemic made its way into North Carolina, many businesses have had to close due to stay-at-home orders.

The N.C. Department of Employment Security said as of Aug. 7, more than 1.2 million North Carolinians have applied for unemployment benefits since the pandemic began in March.

But a number of companies and medical centers need employees now.

Amazon is hiring on a rolling basis, and the company pays a minimum of $15 an hour. Workers will also have access to Amazon’s Career Choice Program, which partners with local colleges and universities to offer training opportunities for associates to gain new skills to either further their career at Amazon or help them find work somewhere else.

Below is a list of other companies who are hiring in the Triangle.


▪ COVID-19 Temporary positions

NC Works has compiled more than 400 positions across the state for nurses and other jobs needed during the coronavirus pandemic.

▪ State of North Carolina careers

There are currently more than 500 jobs listed through the state portal. There is an especially high need for nurses and other health care providers, correctional staff and those with experience in data and logistics, as well as facility maintenance, housekeeping and many other areas, according to Office of State Human Resources representative Jill Lucas.

▪ NC Community College Jobs

Community colleges across the state are hiring for faculty, managerial and maintenance positions.

▪ Advance Auto Parts

The car parts retailer has openings across its stores and corporate headquarters in Raleigh.

▪ Allied Universal

The security, janitorial services and staffing company has more than 30 job openings in the Triangle.

▪ Avalara

The tax technology company is moving forward with hiring in Durham.

▪ Bellhop

The full-service moving solutions company is looking to hire more employees.

▪ Bandwidth

The communications platform that enables the voice conferencing offered by Zoom, Google and others announced plans for up to 1,165 new jobs over the next eight years in April. They currently have 13 positions open in Raleigh.

▪ Chipotle

The restaurant chain has openings in North Carolina and across the Triangle.

▪ Firehouse Subs

The restaurant chain is adding workers across locations in the greater Raleigh area.

▪ Merck

The biotech company has 46 positions open at its Durham facility.

▪ Pendo

The technology company recently said it’s sticking to 2018 plans to hire 590 employees in Raleigh.

▪ Policygenius

The unaffiliated insurance broker is hiring 25 people in Durham.

▪ Spoonflower

Over the past few weeks, the printing business that sources designs from independent artists and makes fabric products has nearly doubled the size of its factory in Durham and tripled its printing capacity. Spoonflower is hiring customer service, operations team (factory), engineers, marketing and finance positions.

▪ Wells Fargo

The banking company has more than 50 jobs available in the Raleigh-Cary area and 450 in North Carolina.


▪ Aldi

Aldi has more than 150 positions open throughout North Carolina.

▪ Food Lion

Food Lion has more than 100 jobs available in the Triangle.

▪ Harris Teeter

The grocery store company has more than 500 positions open in the Triangle.

▪ Instacart

In April, the grocery delivery and pickup company announced plans to hire 250,000 more full-service shoppers through the next few months across the country. The company already hired 300,000 workers.

▪ Walmart

Walmart has more than 1,000 positions open in North Carolina right now.


▪ Ace Hardware

The retail hardware company has a dozen jobs open in the Raleigh area and nearly 50 in North Carolina.

▪ Dollar Tree

There are nearly 150 openings listed for associate, customer service and management positions in the area.

▪ Home Depot

Home Depot recently announced it’s hiring part-time and full-time seasonal employees to work in stores and distribution centers.

▪ Lowes

Lowes has nearly 200 open positions in the Triangle.

▪ Target

The retail store has a number of openings in the Triangle.

▪ Walgreens

Walgreens has more than 50 open jobs in the Triangle.

Original Article Source: News and Observer