WinCo Foods is hiring in Helena.
The company is nearing completion of its 84,000-square-foot grocery store in Helena, and job openings have been posted for about 160 employees to fill roles ranging from cashier to deli clerk to cart clerk.
The grocery store is holding a hiring event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28-30 at Job Service Helena, 715 Front St.
In spite of Helena’s low unemployment rate, there has not been a shortage of applications, according to WinCo spokesperson Noah Fleisher.
“We’ve seen some very qualified candidates apply for our various positions,” Fleisher said. “We have seen a steady flow of applications. Individuals interested in working for WinCo Foods (both full time and part time) can and should apply at our Career Site, Wincofoods.com. We’re excited to see all of the applications and hope to see more in the future.”
While the store is looking to fill many positions with locals, they also have several employees who will relocate to Helena.
“All are relocating from the Western States and are thrilled to be part of the Helena community,” Fleisher said.
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WinCo is different than most grocery stores, as it is owned by its employees.
“Which means every single employee has a stake in company,” Fleisher said. “From the people pushing the carts, to the CEO, and everyone in-between. It makes a huge difference when you walk into a store and it makes a huge difference in how you treat customers and view world-class customer service, which we are absolutely known for. This pride of service comes straight from employee-ownership.”
As an owner, each employee gets an annual stock gift based on what they make. After six years, an employee is fully vested.
“If a young person started today at WinCo, there’s no telling where they’ll be in 20 or 30 years, but I’d be willing to bet they’d be retiring quite comfortably,” Fleisher said.
Owning part of a business creates more interest in caring for the business. Fleisher said this ensures the store is welcoming and more a part of the community.
“Our mission really is to be of benefit to the communities we serve,” he said. “To become part of the lifeblood of the towns and cities and to make sure people always have an option for quality groceries and fresh produce, no matter where they fall on the spectrum.”
The official opening date has not yet been scheduled. WinCo Foods is located at 2995 N Sanders St.