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Hundreds Hoping For Work at Tiverton Tom's Market

The market, slated to open later this month in Tiverton, held a recruitment fair Tuesday. It continues today.

People of all ages lined up outside the new Tom's Market in Tiverton Tuesday for the first day of a . The line stretched behind the next door.

The fair continues today at 492 Main Road from 4 to 6 p.m. Almost 350 people showed up Tuesday to apply for one of 40 positions expected to be filled. 

Reached late Tuesday, co-owner Glenn Place said they've already culled through the first round of applicants, will take the second round Wednesday and make phone calls by the weekend. New hires will begin training as soon as next week.

"We move fast and furious," he said, adding that he spoke with a lot of good people, a good mix of entry level and experienced applicants. "It's so incredible we could pull from such a large pool of potential employees."

Although, as noted by several adults, some have been out of work for a prolonged time during the economic recession.

Alison Coelho and Raymond Jean, both of Tiverton, waited inside in line behind an empty shelf waiting to be interviewed. Coelho said she worked at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River for four years and has been unemployed for five months. She said she's looking for whatever she can get, like being a cashier or working line service.

"I need a job," said Jean, a former machine operator who said he'd like to work in the stock room. "I've been out of work for two years."

Standing outside for more than an hour in line, Sandra Connery, of Tiverton, said she is looking for something in food service and kitchen management. She said she's been out of work since June 2010 when her job was dissolved.

"We really miss having a grocery store," she said. The former Grand Central Market at 500 Main Road closed in 2006 after more than 40 years in business.

Read our previous coverage of Tom's Market:

Joe Sousa. March 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM
This Sad State of affairs was brought to you by the Over burdensome RI State Legislature with double digit unemployment. There was a time in RI when these jobs were filled by young people entering the work force. Just sad to see what Progressive Liberals have done to the Businesses in RI. Job Killing Legislation has decreased the number of employers in our State. Fire Codes, DEM Regulations, Excessive Taxes and License Fees, We have a long way to go in fixing our State . It starts at the ballot box this fall.
oldandtired March 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Once again thank you Tom's and good luck to all the applicants. Reminder that we should support ALL our local businesses.
Kim B March 14, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Support our local businesses indeed. I hope that Tom's does well in Tiverton. Good luck to the applicants, as well. I was shocked at how many people were still in line when I drove by around 4pm yesterday, when the job fair was taking place from 1pm-3:30pm.
Just Another Taxpayer March 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Chicken Joe, if there is so much wrong with the state, why don't you move to a more conservative state like Idaho or Alabama.
Ed Medeiros March 14, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Any resident of the state of RI and specifically of the town of Tiverton who doesn't realize that there is something SERIOUSLY WRONG with the people running things is either very ill informed or mentally challenged,you pick which one describes you

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