SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More than 1,200 jobs have been announced in just two days. Most of those will be with Gulfstream Aeropsace, but 250 workers are needed to staff the new Walmart Supercenter near Savannah Mall.
This week Walmart started interviewing and even hiring workers. On Tuesday, the line was full of optimistic applicants.
Waiting in line to apply for a new job is worth every minute for Ishmael Heywood. For the last two years he has only had a part time and has been looking for something full time.
"It's been hard trying to pay bills and groceries and things," said Heywood. When he heard that Walmart was hiring, Heyward didn't hestitate.
"I am glad a new store is coming back here to Savannah and hopefully I'll get employed here and work for this company," said Heywood.
And Heyward isn't alone. David Henry is the new store manager and he says more than 500 people have applied just at the center.
"We've had a big turnout," Henry told WTOC.
He says that doesn't include all the people who've applied online.
"It's exciting to be able to be able to put 250 jobs on the market with the economy being like it is," said Henry.
Patricia Rivers is looking for a second job.
"An extra position in the evenings for the holidays for all Christmas presents,"s aid Rivers.
And Marie Burks who retired after 18 years working at Walmart has had second thoughts.
"I am ready to continue again,"said Burks. Burks says she not surprised by the big turnout.
"It's a good company to work for," she assured.
Many of the people who applied for jobs could begin working as early as next week in some of the other Walmart stores while they wait for the new store to get finished, which should be sometime in the middle of December.
"It's a good sign the job market seems to be opening back up again," said Heywood.
The Walmart hiring center is at Piccadilly Square on Abercorn Street. It's open through the rest of the week, but you can always apply online.
The new store is set to open in January.
The Walmart Hiring Center is located at 10010 Abercorn Street and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The phone number is 912.927.8704.
You can also apply online at www.walmartstores.com/careeers.