In a sign that Tampa Premium Outlets is gearing up for its October opening, planning is under way for a job fair to fill approximately 800 positions.
The hiring event is scheduled for Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Embassy Suites, at 3705 Spectrum Blvd., in Tampa.
The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and Career Central at Pasco-Hernando State College are event coordinators.
The chamber will invite retailers to a private breakfast before the fair. Members also are helping promote the event.
“It’s so exciting to see this,” said Hope Allen, the chamber’s executive director.
Career Central at Pasco-Hernando State College is preparing for a job fair that’s expected to attract between 1,000 to 2,000 applicants, said Ana Segovia, a business consultant with Career Central.
It proved difficult finding a venue in Pasco large enough to accommodate the event, Segovia said.
“The job fair is really important to us and to our retailers who want to fill all these jobs,” said Les Morris, spokesman for Simon Property Group. “Our motivation is to have a large, centrally located venue that people can get to easily.”
Retailers are beginning to send in job descriptions with positions expected in retail, management, security, maintenance and food preparation.
Segovia said fliers and social media are among the various ways the word will be spread about the job fair.
In other news, developers of the outlet mall have released the first official list of stores set to open on Oct. 29.
In a July 22 news release, 14 stores are identified, out of more than 110 stores expected to open at the center.
Stores identified by the mall so far are Adidas, Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, Cole Haan, Disney Store Outlet, Ecco, Express Factory Outlet, Fossil, Gap Factory Outlet, Hartstrings, Nike Factory Store, Puma and Samsonite.
Saks OFF 5th was announced previously as the mall’s anchor.
More announcements are anticipated in coming weeks from Simon, the global real estate company that is building the mall, off State Road 56, at the Interstate 75 interchange.
While store announcements are trickling out, nearly 80 stores have applied with Pasco County for building permits and have been identified in media reports in recent weeks.
Among the newest ones – not included in the news release – are Forever 21, Kitchen Collection, The Cosmetic Company, PacSun, Tillys, Guess, Motherhood Maternity, the Luggage Factory, The Limited and Aldo Shoes.
For information about the job fair, call Career Central at (352) 200-3020.
Published July 29, 2015