Retail career fair scheduled for Thursday

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The following is a release from the Lafayette Economic Development Authority:

In advance of a planned March opening, seventeen companies will be meeting with job seekers at the Ambassador Town Center Retail Career Fair on Thursday, January 14.

Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and Louisiana Workforce Commission have partnered with Stirling Properties and CBL and Associates to host the job fair at the Wyndham Garden Lafayette, 1801 W. Pinhook Rd., from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition to Costco, the development’s anchor tenant, Field and Stream, Chuy’s, Homegoods, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and several others will participate in the event.

“I’m pleased that Ambassador Town Center is already a successful project, reflecting confidence in Lafayette’s resilient economy. The participation of numerous quality retailers is expected to create 1,000 permanent jobs in Lafayette,” says Joel Robideaux, Lafayette Mayor-President. “This investment will contribute to strengthening our local economy, both in terms of workforce development and the generation of sales tax revenues. The impact of Ambassador Town Center will be felt not just in Lafayette Parish, but regionally, drawing workers and shoppers from all over Acadiana.”

As with any job fair, attendees are encouraged to review the list of participating companies and identify the ones they would like to meet with at the event. A full list of participating companies and their openings can be found at lafayette.org/jobfair.

“The Ambassador Town Center project is expected to create 1,000 permanent jobs here in Lafayette. In addition, consumers will benefit from the involvement of numerous quality retailers,” says Nanette Cook, Councilmember for District 7. “The job fair is a great opportunity to connect those businesses with workers from Lafayette Parish and all across Acadiana. I am excited about the promise of this project. I believe it will help strengthen our local economy. It shows continued confidence in our region, despite the downturn in energy prices.”

Open positions include store managers, assistant managers, sales associates, marketing associates, food service workers, and others depending on the store. Both full-time and part-time positions are available.

“Lafayette has long been a retail destination in Acadiana and the Ambassador Town Center development should be a big draw for the community,” says Gregg Gothreaux, LEDA President and CEO. “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. LEDA will continue to work with these companies as they ramp up hiring in preparation for opening in March.”

The job fair is free and open to the public. Job seekers should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

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