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Anchorage Cabela’s opens to the public

By Bonney Bowman 7:02 PM April 10, 2014

It was the day many outdoor enthusiasts had been waiting for: Cabela’s held its grand opening in Anchorage Thursday.

As many as 5,000 shoppers lined up; ready for their first glimpse inside and ready to buy.

They were greeted by an army of around 300 Cabela’s employees.

“When we did our mass hire interview, we literally had thousands of people show up to come to work here,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner.

Millner said they had no trouble filling the jobs, but the same might not be true for other retailers moving into Anchorage.

“We know that there’s going to be a lot of job openings coming open because there’s the new Petco going in and you have the Hard Rock Café and some new restaurants so there will be a demand on the local labor market for the entry level workers,” said Nancy Heckmann, a supervisor for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

More than 50 employers were looking for new workers at a job fair at an Anchorage Job Center Thursday afternoon.

Heckmann said an abundance of jobs and a low unemployment rate means it’s a good time to be a jobseeker, but a challenging time for employers looking to hire.

“Some of the higher-paying jobs are going to be a little more difficult to get and you’re going to have to work harder at those, but as far as finding employment right away, this is a perfect time of year to do that,” Heckmann said.

The department has advice for jobseekers: Make sure you strategize your job search by applying at places you know are hiring, check out job fairs for new ideas about where to apply and make sure your resume is up-to-date and error-free.

The job center is currently recruiting around 1,000 people to work as seafood processors this summer. The jobs are based in Bristol Bay and Dutch Harbor. If you’re interested, state officials said you can stop by the job center on Muldoon Road for more information.

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