Home Depot (NYSE:HD) said Tuesday it will hire more than 60,000 seasonal workers to help with heightened volumes in the spring, the retailer’s busiest shopping season of the year.
The new associates will be hired imminently and trained through February and March in preparation for the home improvement store’s “Spring Black Friday,” an event it runs that mirrors the traditional Black Friday sales day in November.
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“As we have stated in the past, spring is our Christmas and traffic is at its highest during this season,” said Craig Menear, executive vice president for merchandising at Home Depot. “Hiring seasonal associates and offering door busting deals will ensure our customers have all of the service, know-how and value they need as they look to take on outdoor projects to improve the appearance of their home.”
The hires are on par with 2010 levels, according to Reuters, which cited a company spokesperson. This year marks Home Depot's second annual Spring Black Friday.
The sales day will be implemented on a market-by-market basis based on climate by geography over four different weekends. Spring Black Friday slashes prices on hundreds of products including a variety of live goods and lawn care, outdoor power and eco-friendly gardening products, patios and grills, similar to how a traditional Black Friday operates.
The company also plans on hiring some permanent full-time and part-time positions.