MADISON (WKOW) -- Tuesday was training day for hundreds of new employees at Madison's first Hy-Vee grocery store. The grocery store hired nearly 400 employees, most of whom are from the Madison area.
Most of these positions are part-time, but with state unemployment so high, the store director says he's happy to be able to offer jobs to so many people.
"I heard a lot of situations where people had been out of work for a while and were just overjoyed that they had finally something to just kind of grab on to and to start building and picking up the pieces," said store director Rob Budd.
Budd said his store received roughly 5,000 applications from people looking for work. Many of Hy-Vee's new employees came from the Cub Foods store that closed in January 2009 on Verona Road.
The new store will open in early November where the old K-mart used to be on East Washington.
Hy-Vee plans to open another store on the west side of Madison next year, which could bring another 400-some jobs to town.