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Grocery Store Job Fair Lures Hundreds of Applicants

As many as 1,000 apply for 200 mostly part-time jobs at Tony's Finer Foods, which is opening on Route 59.

An hour into the second day of an employment fair for positions at the soon-to-open Tony's Finer Foods, anywhere from 700 to 900 people had already put in applications for 200 mostly part-time jobs.

Given that the line waiting to do the same wrapped around the interior entrance of the 2300 Route 59 store, it's a safe bet the number easily exceeded 1,000 by the time the doors shut at 8 p.m. Wednesday. And that doesn't include the folks who will complete applications online.

The number didn't surprise Daniela Marnos, a corporate supervisor and daughter of owner Tony Ingraffia. She said they had even more when they opened their Niles store in December 2010.

Most of the applicants were from the Joliet-Plainfield-Shorewood area, and it's a safe bet that mostly local people will be tapped to fill the jobs, Marnos said. Only the management will be from elsewhere, likely promoted from one of the company's eight other stores in the Chicago area, she said.

As to when they'll filling those jobs, it all depends on how quickly they can complete the interior remodel of the store, which is located in Joliet but has a Plainfield mailing address, she said. It will either be right before the end of the year or possibly in the early part of the new year, Marnos said.

Tony's Finer Foods was established in 1979, and is based in Itasca. The Joliet store is going in where the former Strack & Van Til store was located.

Robert November 30, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Low paying minimum wage jobs are a result of Republican policies, wake up you ignoramus.
Ron November 30, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Perhaps you should take the time to proofread your articles before you post them? New Year should be capitalized in the second to last paragraph. Fifth paragraph - "As to when they'll filling those jobs" - What?
ample February 20, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Wake up Ronnie! The article is about the desperate need people in IL have for jobs, any job, even a minimum wage job that you seem to be denigrating. Unfortunately, your idiotic party that had run this state into the ground has done nothing here or on the national level but hurt job creation and the stability of family supporting enterprises. Obama and his minions couldn’t care less about the middleclass; they just want as many folks dependent on the government in one for or another, with limited mobility.
ample February 20, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Sorry, I ment to reply to "Robert" not "Ron"
ample February 20, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Wake up Ronnie! The article is about the desperate need people in IL have for jobs, any job, even a minimum wage job that you seem to be denigrating. Unfortunately, your idiotic party that had run this state into the ground has done nothing here or on the national level but hurt job creation and the stability of family supporting enterprises. Obama and his minions couldn’t care less about the middleclass; they just want as many folks dependent on the government in one for or another, with limited mobility.

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