Lowe's said Friday it plans to hire more than 65,000 people this year — some permanently and others on a seasonal basis — to help fill roles ranging from customer service to merchandising. It also is planning to ditch some existing roles, which the company says will help it "simply operations" in stores.
The home improvement retailer said 10,000 of the new jobs will be permanent and on its merchandising team. It said 6,000 will be full-time store managers and department supervisors in stores. And 2,000 will be technology roles to help build out Lowe's website, while the remaining more than 50,000 positions will be temporary and filled ahead of the busy spring season.
"We are investing in key leadership positions across our stores to enhance customer service while also creating jobs that will improve the availability of our most popular products," CEO Marvin Ellison said Friday in a statement. Ellison just joined Lowe's from J.C. Penney last year, and already has made a number of significant moves including shutting stores and exiting Lowe's business in Mexico.