BILLINGS- The Billings WinCo store is looking at an opening of early March 2019 and is looking to hire 160 full and part-time employees.
A spokesperson for WinCo Food, Noah Fleisher, said hiring for the Billings store is going well. While he doesn’t have an exact number of people who have already applied, he said there is a steady stream of applicants lining up for positions.
“We look forward to seeing them continue to come in,” said Fleisher.
The new store is at the corner of Central Avenue and 24th Street West, at the site of the former Kmart.
WinCo prides itself on being an ‘employee-owned’ business where Fleisher said every single employee has a stake in the company.
“From the people pushing the carts up to the CEO and everyone in-between,” he said. “It makes a huge difference when you walk into a store and know that you own it.”
He said all employees get a yearly stock gift based on what they make. After six years, an employee is fully vested in the program and the stock is fully theirs.
“They should know that they are joining a special family,” said Fleisher.
Current CEO, Grant Haag, started more than 30 years ago as a cart clerk and is now running the company. There are numerous growth and educational opportunities available within the company, said Fleisher.
Billings is not the only WinCo store coming to Montana. Also in March, the Helena store will also be opening. Bozeman is currently on track to have a store as well but there is not a firm timeline for that location, according to Fleisher.
WinCo is quickly moving along on new locations throughout the nation. Montana is WinCo’s 10th state overall.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring our brand of low prices and great values to every resident of Montana and, from what we’ve seen and heard, people are excited to have us opening up,” said Fleisher.
He said the WinCo is careful about where and how they develop, acknowledging that the move to Montana was a very carefully thought out move.
“We felt that the cities and people in Montana could benefit from another grocery store in town and that they would appreciate what WinCo Foods stands for and how we approach our business,” he said.
WinCo Foods is based and was started in Boise, Idaho.
“It’s important to the company that the people in Billings know we are opening there because we believe in the city and its residents and that we fully intend to earn their loyalty by doing what we do best: giving them low prices on good food, every aisle, every day,” he said.
Individuals interested in working for WinCo Foods (both full time & part time) can and should apply at the Career Site, www.Wincofoods.com/careers.