Supermarket chain Kroger said Friday it will hire about 20,000 workers to fill permanent jobs.
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Kroger Co. is the largest U.S. supermarket operator and it runs Ralph's, Fry's, and other chains. The company had 375,000 full- and part-time employees as of Feb. 1 and says it has created around 40,000 new jobs in the past six years.
Kroger did not say how many of the jobs would be full-time or part-time or what the time frame is for the hiring.
Shares of the Cincinnati company picked up 23 cents to $52.08 in midday trading.