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Macy’s now taking applications for jobs
in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG – Officials with New York-based Macy’s are accepting applications for jobs at the $150 million fulfillment center nearing completion in Martinsburg.

Anyone may fill out an application at www.macysjobs.com; the company is accepting applications online only.

Company officials say they will review applications and conduct interviews in Martinsburg with an eye toward hiring workers come August.

The company in late 2010 announced plans to build in the Panhandle, and last April began work on the 1.3-million-square-foot fulfillment center in the Cumbo Yard Business and Industrial Park just off Exit 16 of Interstate 81.

When in full operation, the center is expected to create 1,200 year-round jobs, plus some 700 seasonal positions. The center will support Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s growing online sales, with workers preparing and shipping orders primarily to customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

To land the fulfillment facility, Martinsburg beat out more than 150 sites in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The deal is expected to bring to the Eastern Panhandle an annual payroll of $30 million. Macy’s is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with sales of $23.5 billion in fiscal year 2009, according to a company news release.

 

No plans to shutter local Shoney’s

 

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shoney’s restaurant near Interstate 81 here has closed, but the chain’s location in Martinsburg remains open as does the eatery in Hagerstown, Md.

The Shoney’s at 1359 Berryville Ave. in Winchester has a “closed” sign at its entrance, but workers at Shoney’s farther north on I-81 said this week their locations were open for business, with no plans for permanent closure.

Shoney’s is a West Virginia-born restaurant chain, begun in 1947 when Alex Schoenbaum opened a drive-in on Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston. The chain now has 14 locations in the Mountain State.

 

Goodwill seeking public’s donations

CHARLES TOWN – Officials with Goodwill say that because of an increase in customer demand in this modestly growing economy, the demand for quality goods in Horizon Goodwill Industries retail stores remains high. Donations to Goodwill are not keeping pace with shopper demand, so Horizon Goodwill Industries is urging people to donate gently used clothing and other items to the nearest Goodwill retail store or donation center.

“Donations to Goodwill allow us to provide job training and career services to people with disabilities, welfare recipients, dislocated workers and other job seekers,” says Craig MacLean, President and CEO of Horizon Goodwill Industries. “Last year, we helped more than 1,500 people with job training and job placement – the community’s support is vital to this effort.”

He said the increase in shoppers means that Goodwill can help even more people in the community. In the Panhandle, Goodwill operates stores at 136 Patrick Henry Way in Charles Town and at 100 Eagle School Road in Martinsburg.

Items most wanted right now include all types of gently used clothing and other textiles such as shirts, blouses, jeans, sweaters, business suits, dresses, skirts, sweat suits, coats, shoes, boots, towels, sheets and blankets. Household items, including small kitchen appliances, glassware and dishes, also are needed. For additional information, see www.horizongoodwill.org.

 

Boltz’s selling heirloom seeds

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Anyone interested in growing green beans, onions, potatoes and other heirloom vegetables may want to visit the Morgan’s Grove Market Saturday.

Boltz’s Hardware, a family-owned business established in Martinsburg more than 80 years ago, will offer organic and heirloom seeds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the market at 3988 Kearneysville Pike next to Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown.

Seeds for corn, peas, lima beans, dry beans and other plants will be sold. For additional information, contact Morgan’s Grove Market organizer Peter Corum at pcorum@franklinamerican.com or 304-283-2467 or Swallowtail Consulting business consultant Lorrie Schoettler at lorrie@swallowtailconsulting.com or 304-876-8153.

 

Businesses, others asked to donate food

MARTINSBURG – Organizers of Bags Of Love are asking for help as they seek to feed more than 400 children in Berkeley and Jefferson counties who otherwise would go hungry every weekend.

Every month, leaders with the volunteer organization gather to pack boxes of shelf-stable foods to send home with needy schoolchildren, youngsters who qualify for free breakfast and lunch on weekdays when school is in session but may not have reliable sources of food when they’re out of school Saturdays and Sundays.

The next packing session starts at 10 a.m. on March 31 at Eagle School Intermediate in Martinsburg.

For additional details on how to help, contact Jessica Brown at jbrown1106@gmail.com.

Gaming financials to be released

CHESTER – Officials with MTR Gaming Group Inc. say they will issue financial results for the fourth quarter that ended Dec. 31 on Thursday, after the stock market closes.

Management officials will conduct a conference call focusing on the financial results and recent corporate developments starting at 4:30 p.m.

Details will be made available on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at www.mtrgaming.com.

MTR Gaming Group is a hospitality and gaming company that owns and operates Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester; Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pa.; and Scioto Downs Casino & Racetrack in Columbus, Ohio.

– Compiled from staff, wire reports

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