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State of Connecticut - Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media
  Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media - State of Connecticut Last Updated: March 30, 2020
This publication lists start-ups, expansions, staff reductions, and layoffs reported by the media, both current and future. The report provides company name, the number of workers involved, date of the action, the principal product or service of the company, a brief synopsis of the action, and the source and date of the media article. March 2020 Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media PDF
Startups and Expansions in March 2020

Here's a list of some businesses that are hiring


CVS is planning to hire 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary positions around the country. Additionally, CVS will work with major clients, such as Hilton and Marriott, to fill open positions with furloughed workers. In addition to hiring new employees, CVS plans to award bonuses to existing employees who are required to be at facilities to assist patients, and is launching new employee benefits, including child care and additional paid sick time provisions.


Due to a significant increase in demand, Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full-time and part-time employees across the country. In a statement, the company singled out those laid off in the hospitality, restaurant and travel industries. "We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back," the statement read. Additionally, the company plans to invest more than $350 million worldwide to increase wages for hourly employees. In the United States, the raise is expected to be an additional $2 per hour.


Much like Amazon, 7/11 has seen an increase in demand, as people are using their stores to shop for essential items. The company announced last week that it plans to hire 20,000 employees nationwide to stock shelves, clean stores and "meet a surge of mobile orders."

Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut

Domino's is planning on adding 10,000 new employees across the country, from delivery drivers, pizza makers and truck drivers to meet a heightened demand. "Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they're not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily impacted restaurant industry," Domino's CEO Ritch Allison said in a statement to CNBC. In a similar move to Domino's, Papa John's plans to fill 20,000 positions across the country. Pizza Hut is looking to fill 30,000 permanent positions, including cooks, managers and shift leaders.


Much like CVS, Walgreens is looking to hire, too. The company plans on hiring 9,500 full- and part-time employees nationwide.


An on-demand grocery startup, the company plans on hiring 300,000 full-service shoppers in North America. "The last few weeks have been the busiest in Instacart's history and our teams are working around the clock to reliably and safely serve all members of our community," said Instacart founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta in a statement to CNN Business.


Walmart plans on hiring 150,000 workers nationwide as demands continue to rise. The retailer is looking for associates to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers, and will expedite application processing time from two weeks to 24 hours. "Our supply chain associates have been so vital to Walmart's ability to serve customers and communities during this time, and I am so proud of every one of them," said Greg Smith, Walmart's head of supply chain, in a press release. "We're growing, expanding and looking for more people who want to make a difference providing for customers."


A Cheshire-based grocery distributor, Bozzuto's is looking to hire workers. "Our business is booming right now," said Bozzuto's Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Procurement Steve Heggelke. "We're doing everything we can to get people in here who want to work, and can work." Heggelke pointed out that much of the work needed involves manual labor. "While there may be some other jobs, the main thing we're looking for is truck drivers and warehouse selectors."

WARN Notices for March 2020

Lecoq Cuisine Corp (Bridgeport) 3-26-2020.pdf

Crowne Plaza (Danbury) 3-23-2020.pdf

Hilton Garden Inn (Milford) 3-20-2020.pdf

Chowder Pot (Hartford) 3-16-2020.pdf

121 Restaurant and Bar (Oxford) 3-17-2020.pdf

Sodexo (Bridgeport) 3-11-2020.pdf

Philips(Wallingford) 2-28-2020.pdf

Rogo Distributors (East Hartford) 2-27-2020.pdf

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