Kmart opens 52 new K Hub stores in regional towns, hiring 1000 new staff

Posted: 11th Apr

Kmart has offered new insight into its rollout of K hub stores across regional Australia.

Over the past eight months, the retail giant has opened 52 stores in towns across the country, employing 1000 new staff and 1008 former Target workers.

In early 2020, it was announced that dozens of Target Country stores would be converted into new K hub stores, which are smaller versions of regular Kmart outlets.

Now Kmart’s Retail Director John Gualtieri has revealed how the stores have been welcomed into many Australian communities, increasing the retail group’s regional workforce along the way.

“As a business, we’re committed to bringing even more customers closer to our great value, on-trend products; and over the past eight months, we’re proud to have opened 52 new K hub stores across regional Australia,” Gualtieri said.

“In remote areas of outback Australia, to sunny coastal towns, iconic national parklands and everywhere in between.”

He said the new stores had “doubled our Kmart Group regional workforce” with the chain hiring “1008 Target team members and 1000 new recruits”.

“We’re proud to be growing our Kmart family and providing new employment opportunities to these local communities.”

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Gualtieri highlighted how the new K hubs had been accepted into three regional towns.

“We’re operating in some pretty remarkable communities and wanted to spotlight a few of them,” he said.

“Kicking things off is Katherine, Northern Territory. An area that has been a meeting place for Indigenous people for thousands of years.

“We were honoured to have 20 elders from the Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Group officially welcome us to county with a special smoking ceremony opening morning. Local Jawoyn girl Sherona, officially cut the ribbon and opened our store for trade.

“Moving to the coast, and some 2100km east of Katherine, we’re in Port Douglas, Queensland. A true tropical paradise – and what better theme to celebrate our K hub Port Douglas store opening.

“If you had a chance to visit the team opening day, you would have been in for a real treat. Blue and white check shirts, complete with colourful leis and some seriously sunny decorations.

“A three-hour plane ride down the coast will find you in Katoomba, New South Wales. The only thing nicer than the surroundings are the people. Never without a smile on their face, even when power outages threaten the big opening day.

“While we have only spotlighted a handful of communities, we have loved exploring each and every one of them.”

 

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Source: 7News - https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/kmart-opens-52-k-hub-stores-in-regional-towns-hiring-1000-new-people-c-2524801