Job seekers Tuesday should bring updated ré sumés and wear business clothes when they interview for the hundreds of retail positions at Ambassador Town Center, which is scheduled to open in March.
Representatives from 17 companies, including anchor Costco Wholesale, will interview applicants from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1801 W. Pinhook Road. Also hiring are outdoors retail stores Field & Stream and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy’s.
A listing of the jobs — from managers and general managers to sales associates to servers to cashiers to cooks — is available at lafayette.org/ jobfairs.
Gregg Gothreaux, who heads up the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, said the job openings are a ray of light during an uncertain time for Lafayette’s main industry, oil and gas.
“This development also offers job opportunities for the community in a time when many individuals are facing economic uncertainty in the wake of the energy downturn,” Gothreaux said in a news release distributed by LEDA.
Gothreaux said LEDA would continue to work with the companies as they roll into March. Officials have not announced what day in March the center would open.
LEDA, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Stirling Properties and CBL and Associates are putting on the job fair. Stirling and CBL are the developers for Ambassador Town Center, an estimated $110 million project.
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said construction of the shopping center shows confidence in Lafayette’s economy.
“The participation of numerous quality retailers is expected to create 1,000 permanent jobs in Lafayette,” Robideaux said in the release. He added that the center will draw shoppers and employees from across south Louisiana’s Acadiana region.
The businesses interviewing applicants Thursday include HomeGoods, Marshalls, Red Robin, Chuy’s, BJ’s Restaurant, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse and World of Beer. Applicants are urged to narrow their search before arriving Thursday.
Lafayette officials in 2014 announced the development of a major retail center that would occupy 60 vacant acres near the heavily traveled intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Kaliste Saloom Road.
Ambassador Town Center will generate $9 million annually in sales tax revenue to be split up between Lafayette Parish and the Lafayette Parish School Board, according to estimates.
“I am excited about the promise of this project,” said Nanette Cook, the newly elected City-Parish Council member in District 7, which includes the center.