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August 12, 2010

Costco in Fort O receives more than 6,000 applications for 200 jobs

Fort Oglethorpe Mayor Ronnie Cobb said Costco has seen more than 6,000 job applicants for the store set to open at the end of October at Cloud Springs and Scruggs roads.

The retailer began accepting applications during the last week of July.

Officials say the store plans to hire about 200 employees, with about half of the positions being full time.

Wages begin at $11 for starting cashiers and benefits will be available after six months.

No applications are taken on-site, but applications can be found online at by searching for the term “jobs,” scrolling down to “Warehouses, Depots and Other Businesses,” and clicking the first link.

Despite the disproportionate amount of applicants to available positions, Cobb said he hasn’t heard any negative feedback on the project.

“The process can be a little complex, but everything I’ve heard has been positive,” Cobb said.

Cobb has said he hopes the retailer will have a “snowball” effect, drawing other large retailers to the area.

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