Lowe’s announces bonuses, plans to hire 50,000
Lowe’s plans to hire more than 50,000 new employees ahead of the spring rush and award $80 million in bonuses to current associates. This will be the seventh bonus Lowe’s has given hourly employees during the pandemic, bringing the company’s total COVID-19 financial commitment to employees to nearly $1.3 billion. Hourly associates at stores, distribution centers and call centers will receive the bonus on Feb. 5. [TRENDING: Video shows deputy Tasing student | How to get the vaccine in Fla. | NASA tests new moon rocket]AdFull-time hourly associates will get $300 and part-time and seasonal associates will get $150. The company is also looking to hire full-time, part-time and seasonal workers.
Which stores will be open Christmas Day?
Last-minute gifts or emergencies might have you wondering what stores will still be open on Christmas Day. There aren’t many as most stores remain closed so their employees can spend a much-deserved day celebrating with their families. However, if you do find yourself needing some last-minute gifts, batteries for the new toys Santa Claus brought or even just an excuse to get out of the house, the following stores will be open, according to Offer.com. [TRENDING: 250,000 chickens killed in fire | SpaceX launch to bring sonic booms | New stimulus could mean $600 direct payment]7-ElevenAlbertsons, limited hoursCVSRite AidFamily Dollar, some locationsSafeway, some locationsStarbucks, some locationsWalgreensYou might want to give the store a call before stopping by, just in case things differ in your region.
Central Florida Bed Bath & Beyond one of first 63 stores to close
Around the country, people who work for Bed Bath & Beyond will lose their jobs by the end of the year. Sixty-three stores, including one in Casselberry, are set to close as part of restructuring because of COVID-19. In July, the company said it would be closing about 200 stores over two years. According to CNN, this is the list of 63 store locations that will close by the end of the year. Everett Mall Way, in EverettWisconsin:605 Main Street, in BrookfieldWest Virginia:172 Retail Commons Parkway, in Martinsburg
Walmart to close stores on Thanksgiving Day
Walmart will close its stores on Thanksgiving Day this year to allow employees to spend times with their families, the company said in a corporate blog post Tuesday. Usually, Walmart stores across the country would be packed on Thanksgiving Day with shoppers trying to score discounted electronics and other deals. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones, said John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.Hours for Black Friday have not yet been announced. Also on Tuesday, the company announced that workers at its Walmart stores, Sams Club locations, distribution centers and fulfillment centers will receive cash bonuses. To read the companys full blog post, click here.
Hiring for technicians is on the rise in Orlando
The position of technician came in third in terms of local employers adding new jobs by occupation. One of the top employers seeking local technicians is Enhanced Medication Services, LLC. Other top companies seeking local hires in the same category include APN Software Services, Inc. and Dobbs Equipment, LLC John Deere. APN Software Services, Inc. also posted jobs for electrical engineers, business analysts and administrative assistants. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Orlando jobs spotlight: Recruiting for managers going strong
The position of manager also came in second in terms of local employers adding new jobs by occupation. In the past month, 95 companies listed open jobs for Orlando-based workers in that industry. Top companies seeking local managers include AppleOne, Crunch Fitness and FL Capital, Inc. According to a recent job opening posted by FL Capital, Inc., the company describes itself as "a promotional marketing firm on a mission." This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
The 4 best furniture stores in Orlando
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top furniture stores in Orlando, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're in the market for furniture stores. Located at 1618 N. Orange Ave. in North Orange, the furniture store, which offers antiques and more, is the highest-rated furniture store in Orlando, boasting 4.5 stars out of 37 reviews on Yelp. Washburn ImportsPhoto: Albert p./YelpWashburn Imports, a furniture store that offers home decor and more in North Orange, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 24 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1800 N. Orange Ave. to see for yourself. Palm Casual Patio FurniturePhoto: joe c./YelpFinally, there's Palm Casual Patio Furniture, a local favorite with five stars out of 11 reviews.
Industry spotlight: Health care establishments hiring big in Orlando
Orlando's health care industry is experiencing strong job growth. The health care sector also came in third in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 121 companies listed open jobs for Orlando-based workers in that industry. Top companies hiring locally in health care include AppleOne, MASC Medical and GHR Travel Nursing. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Industry spotlight: Transportation companies hiring big in Orlando
The transportation sector also came in fourth in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 115 companies listed open jobs for Orlando-based workers in that area. Top companies hiring locally in transportation include Optimal US Logistics, Pasadena Express and Reid Transportation. Jobs posted by Optimal US Logistics in the past month in Orlando included drivers, while Pasadena Express was hiring truck drivers and Reid Transportation sought truck drivers. This story was created automatically using local jobs data, then reviewed by an editor.
Explore the 3 top spots in Orlando's Florida Center neighborhood
Get to know this Orlando neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from an Indian restaurant to a Mexican spot. Tabla Indian RestaurantPhoto: tabla indian restaurant/YelpTopping the list is Indian, Thai and Chinese spot Tabla Indian Restaurant. Tabla Indian Restaurant serves up chicken tandoori, Hakka noodles, Thai green curry and more. Universal CityWalkPhoto: p. l./YelpNext up is shopping center Universal CityWalk, situated at 6000 Universal Studios Plaza at Universal CityWalk Orlando. This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor.
Time for a career change? Real estate experiencing strong job growth in Orlando
Orlando's real estate industry is experiencing strong job growth. The real estate industry also came in fifth in terms of local employers adding new jobs. Top companies hiring locally in real estate include Madison Allied LLC, Hercules Real Estate Services and Career Strategies, Inc. According to a recent job opening posted by Hercules Real Estate Services, "Starting with just seven properties, Hercules now owns and manages over 40 properties, including more than 8,000 apartments in seven states." Jobs posted by Madison Allied LLC in the past month in Orlando included real estate agents, while Hercules Real Estate Services was hiring technicians and Career Strategies, Inc. sought maintenance specialists and porters.
Shoppers, retailers get psyched for Cyber Monday
Retail stores saw less foot traffic on Black Friday, which may mean they prefer to shop from the comfort of their own homes on Cyber Monday. Retail & Financial Journalist Vera Gibbons joined CBSN to talk about this year's digital doorbusters.cbsnews.com