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Home improvement stores starting seasonal hiring

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As temporary jobs come to an end for the holiday season, some stores are looking to hire for the next big shopping season.  Home improvement stores need more workers for the spring.

Home improvement store managers said their busiest time isn't at Christmas, but rather between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and that rush is causing stores like Lowe's to hire more workers. 

While it may be slow now, that's not stopping Lowe's in Quincy from getting a head start on the spring season, by trying to hire an additional 15 workers.  Brittney Thrower was hired as a seasonal worker just months ago and now works full time.
"I was unemployed at the time when I applied to Lowe's.  So I don't know where I would be," said Thrower.   
So why is spring the busiest time of year for Lowe's? Assistant Manager Cannon Johnson said that's when people get in the mood to start major projects. 
"Spring time for homeowners is a time for rejuvenation, it's a time of change, it's a time to reinvent the home. People really get into projects come springtime," said Johnson.  
Johnson said the major areas in need of more workers are the garden and lumber sections, but he said hiring at this time isn't typical for just Lowe's.  Other stores are hiring before the spring surge. 
"In the home improvement industry, spring time is historically the busiest time of the year. So we do more hiring during the front of the year than we do the rest of the year," he said.  
Thrower said this is the perfect time for new jobs to be coming into Quincy. 
"I think it's a very good opportunity for the community and 15 doesn't seem like a lot, but when there's people unemployed out there and there's businesses that aren't hiring 15 to 20 is a lot," she said. 

Johnson says there's also a very good possibility Lowe's will hire even more workers to keep up with the Spring rush.

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