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Holiday hiring continues

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The holiday shopping season is upon us, and that can get expensive. So how about trying out the other side of retail?

Right now, in stores like Best Buy and target, you can find an empty aisle or two. But come Black Friday, that will all change.

And these major retailers are preparing for those holiday shopping crowds. 

"So we're trying to bring in extra people," said Mike Grote, Alexandria Best Buy store manager. "Lots and lots of people. Want to make sure that when it really gets busy, we have enough blue shirts to help the customers so they don't have to wait forever.

"Really setting ourselves up for Black Friday, but then the last few peak weeks where people are really trying to get those last-minute gifts," said Josh Henderson, store manager of the Alexandria Target.  

And although Black Friday is only a couple of weeks away, stores like these are still hiring.

"We're hiring anybody and everybody, from our stocking teams to our back room teams to our front end cashiers, to our sales floor teams, to electronics, to the fitting rooms," said Henderson. "You name the position, we are hiring for that position right now." 

There's always something that can be done by somebody," said Grote.  

It's about giving the customers what they came for... 

"Whether they're finding it for their grandparents, their kids, their loved ones, whatever it is," said Henderson. "They're here to help them find that one item that they came in for." 

And helping everyone enjoy the holiday. 

"Employees are in better moods, the customers are in better moods, and the holiday just goes a little bit smoother," said Grote.  

And who knows? This seasonal job might just turn into the Christmas gift of a full-time career. 

"We are hiring it as a seasonal position, however my goal is to hire as many as we can from a seasonal position to where they have a full-time job," said Henderson.  

"It's like preseason in sports, Grote said. "You're trying out for the team. So at the end of the year, at the end of the holidays, mid-January, I'm always looking to keep talented people that are good for the company."

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