Anchorage retail, restaurant job openings expected

ANCHORAGE — Two retail businesses with national followings are looking to hire a few hundred Alaskans.

Cabela’s, an outdoor recreation store, says it plans to “mass-hire” 250 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees before it opens a store next spring in south Anchorage.

Construction is also underway on a new restaurant, Texas Roadhouse, in the Tikahtnu Commons shopping center. Restaurant officials say they want to hire 150 full- and part-time employees for the February opening.

The Anchorage Daily News reports hiring could be a challenge. Federal labor statistics indicate 7,000 people are seeking work in the Anchorage area.

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation director Bill Popp calls it a labor “puddle” instead of a labor pool.

The Anchorage unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, significantly below the national average of 7 percent.

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