While most other retailers are trimming their workforces for the winter lull, home and garden stores are beefing up theirs.
Area hardware stores are hiring temporary, part-time workers in advance of the busy spring season.
Each year, just as department stores and clothiers are laying off their temporary holiday workers, stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s begin hiring temporary, seasonal workers to get stores ready for their peak season.
“Warmer weather stirs homeowners to tackle indoor and outdoor projects, causing spring and summer to be the busiest time of year at Lowe’s,” said Karen Cobb, a spokeswoman for Lowe’s. “In other words, spring is our Christmas.”
Seasonal workers are most needed from February through September to get stores ready for the busy season and to serve customers through the spring and summer.
Available positions include cashiers, sales and customer service associates, stockers and loaders.
Lowe’s is advertising a total of 21 open positions at its five stores in Amherst, Hamburg, Orchard Park and Springville. It is hiring 46,000 workers across the country.
Home Depot is hiring 80,000 workers across the country, which amounts to 400 locally. Home Depot has 10 stores in North Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Amherst, West Seneca, Hamburg, Clarence, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Dunkirk and Batavia.
Home Depot is hiring about as many people as it did last year. Lowe’s is adding about 6,000 workers to last year’s totals.