target-logo.pngHundreds of people came out today to the first day of a job fair to hire employees for a Target store opening in San Francisco’s Metreon complex.

The store, opening Oct. 14 at Mission and Fourth streets, is hiring 300 employees for various positions and had many more than that come out for the first day of the job fair, which runs through Saturday and is accepting both walk-up applicants and those who have applied online.

“We’re really excited about the turnout we’ve had so far,” said Shannon Rosales, an executive team leader of human resources for Target.

Rosales said the company is hiring people for all types of positions and experience levels, from cashiers to employees handling the logistics of the store.

“As long as they have a can-do attitude, they’re welcome to come,” she said.

The line wrapped around the corner from Fourth Street to Mission Street before the interviews began, and Lamont Jones was one of the first people in line.

The 18-year-old Oakland man said he heard about the opportunity from his uncle and applied online Wednesday before coming out for a pre-scheduled interview today.

“It was good,” he said of the interview, adding that his interviewer complimented him on coming in a collared shirt and tie.

“He said, ‘You look like you’re ready,'” Jones said.

Jonnell Hodges, 21, of Vallejo, said he heard about the job fair from a friend and decided to come out for an interview.

He said he had customer service experience and was willing to apply for any opening.
“It’s hard right now,” Hodges said.

The applicants were told they would hear back about the jobs in the next week or so.

The Target store, which will be on the second floor of the Metreon, is about two-thirds the size of the chain’s normal store, Rosales said.

“We’re specifically tailoring it to an urban community,” with smaller packaging and easier navigation through the store, she said.

Target also plans to open a second store in the city some time next year at Geary Boulevard and Masonic Avenue.

Today’s job fair runs until 7 p.m., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

People can also apply online at

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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