Tim Devaney / The Detroit News
Home Depot said today it is preparing for a springtime Black Friday, with plans to hire 60,000 temporary workers nationwide, including 2,000 in Michigan and 1,000 in Metro Detroit.
Home Depot will hire 25 to 30 workers at each of its 71 stores in Michigan and about 35 stores in Detroit, Home Depot spokeswoman Jen King said.
The hiring process is starting now in an effort to free up more experienced existing employees to serve customers, she said. The temporary roles, which will last about 90 days, include behind-the-scenes work like tasking jobs, helping in the lot and loading in the garden department.
"Spring is our Christmas," King said. "It's our busiest selling season, our holiday season."
For the second consecutive year, the nation's largest home improvement retailer is adding employees when many companies are cutting back, King said. This time around, Home Depot is hiring thousands more workers than last year.
Throughout the country, Home Depot will hold four weekends of "doorbuster deals" in March and April. Customers can expect discounts on items like cooking grills, garden tools and other outdoor supplies.
Lowe's, the nation's second-largest hardware chain, last month said it plans to add 8,000 to 10,000 weekend positions.
Home Depot, a $67.7 billion company, employed 317,000 workers as of Jan. 31, 2010, according to an annual securities filing.
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From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110215/BIZ/102150404/Home-Depot-to-add-2-000-Michigan-jobs#ixzz1E3fSSEQ9