The arrival of Lidl, the European behemoth, is altering the grocery store landscape in Huntington.
Along with new stores that displaced or took over mainstay stores such as King Kullen, the new stores are also affecting the job market.
Having entered the area through the acquisition of the Best Market chain, Lidl is offering starter jobs that exceed minimum wage. Meanwhile, Stop & Shop chain is renovating its stores, adding more Peapod delivery services and hiring, as well. And jobs are available at Whole Foods, which opened in Commack in April.
Union organizers argue that Lidl is offering only part-time jobs, replacing what had been full-time jobs under Best Market, and union-protected jobs before that when some of their stores were Waldbaum’s. Lidl is listing some full and part-time positions on job boards and says all Best Market workers will receive equal or more pay under the new owners.The Huntington Station store, which is among the first of the local Lidl stores to undergo renovations, has a large sign inviting applications.
King Kullen, which was bought by Stop & Shop in January, also lists some part-time jobs.
Salary.com estimates that the average annual pay for a grocery store cashier in Suffolk County ranges from $30,641 and $38,824.
Here are a few of the openings at grocery and other foods stores around Huntington.
Stop and Shop
Night Crew Produce clerks look after everything in the produce department at NIGHT. They fill displays and shelves with fresh and quality produce and make sure the department is neat and clean.
Stop and Shop, Peapod
Peapod personal shoppers select the grocery orders of our on-line grocery shopping and delivery customers. Working in our home shopping facilities, personal shoppers are responsible for the accurate scanning and packing of home delivery customer purchases.
Team leader, responsible for all aspects of daily operations including profitability, expense control, buying, merchandising, labor, regulatory compliance and special projects as assigned. Accountable for Team Member hiring, development, corrective actions and separations. All Whole Foods Market Retail jobs require ensuring a positive company image by providing courteous, friendly, and efficient service to customers and Team Members at all times.
Lidl Store Associate
Lidl US is looking for a motivated and hard-working individual to join our store team. Are you an enthusiastic team player who wants to grow with one of the world’s largest retailers as we continue to expand across the United States? Grow your career to the next level by becoming the face of Lidl.