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300 Jobs Available - Costco Adelaide

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    ABOUT 300 jobs will be available when warehouse retailer Costco starts hiring next month for the launch of its first store in Adelaide.

     

     

    Costco executives will visit Adelaide this week to view potential offices and they hope to open a temporary office in February.

     

     

    The company bulk buys and sells only to members, and regional marketing manager Kyla White said the shopfront office would be a temporary membership sign-up location.

     

     

    "Additionally, it will be our administration office and we will conduct our hiring activities from there, although we process all employment applications online,'' Ms White said.

     

     

    "It's also likely we will bring some key employees from our other centres, which may include some people wanting to return to Adelaide to live.''

     

     

    The new jobs will be based at the 14,000sq m store Costco is building at the Churchill Centre retail development at Kilburn on the old Islington railyards site, where it is leasing more than 5ha of land in a 50-year deal.

     

     

    The company is looking for butchers, bakers, tradespeople, stockists, administration staff and cashiers.

     

     

    Ms White said Costco expected to attract a flood of *applicants for jobs at the store which will handle sales worth about $50 million a year.

     

     

    A similar Costco store opening in Melbourne recently attracted more than 6000 applicants for 350 jobs.

     

     

    Initial group interviews of 50 to 80 people at a time are expected. The store is to open in the second half of this year, but an exact date is not yet clear.

     

     

    The Kilburn superstore is one of three planned for Adelaide by Costco, while discount rival Aldi is planning to eventually open up to 50 stores across the state.

     

     

    Ms White said Costco already obtained South Australian produce for its stores in other states.

     

     

    "We source various varieties of potatoes and two onion varieties from Virginia farms, while we source hothouse tomatoes from the D'Vine Ripe tomato farm at Two Wells,'' she said.

     

     

    "Our strawberry supplier also supplies us with product from their South Australian farm, while we bring in a large number of seasonal items from Perfection Fresh.

     

     

    "These are not regular lines, but purchased in season only on a rotational basis such as baby cucumbers, broccolini, sweet vine mini capsicums and brussels sprouts.''

     

     

    Ms White said Costco also bought abalone from Ausab, prawns from Angelakis Bros and beef sausages from Slape and Sons, while its chickens were raised by Lilydale in South Australia. Costco would offer its members significant savings, Ms White said.

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    Guest BradClark

    I thought there was only one Costco store in Melbourne, didn't know they had opened a second one. Either way it's great news. Australia needs way more competition in the supermarket war, just like Aldi is trying to do.

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    Guest Chris Grist

    theres quite a few now, construction should be finished in march.

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    Costco is ACE! Can't wait to get my membership, really great store and hope they bring over the cheap pizza, chicken bakes and Turkey Pavlones! Also great for good fruit and frozen seafood

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    But we already have lots of places small and large that sell great fruit. I visited Aldi in Melbourne and was not impressed, but then I try to support Australian made, produced foods. However I shall visit and see when it is open.

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    Costco is ACE! Can't wait to get my membership, really great store and hope they bring over the cheap pizza, chicken bakes and Turkey Pavlones! Also great for good fruit and frozen seafood

     

    The bananas will be Australian.

     

    I hope they don't bring in food we can't get here already, more imported processed food doesn't do ones health or the economy much good.

     

    if their prices are cheaper for the products we can already get, I am in favour.

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