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Home Depot set to hire 165

By: Bruce Warren Journal Staff Writer
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Journal Staff Writer Auburn’s new Home Depot store is ahead of schedule for stocking shelves and getting ready for the grand opening on Feb. 19. Andy Passman, a new store merchant with The Home Depot, travels around the country to open stores. “Even in a down economy, the store is stocked for the customer,” Passman said Wednesday during an interview on site. The 99,500-square-feet store with a garden center of 24,000 square feet looks to be the largest store in the Auburn area. “We will hire 165 employees,” said Judy Rice, Home Depot human resources director. “We’re looking at 65 transfers from the area.” If you’re thinking about applying at the store site on Willow Creek Drive off Highway 49, as Eric Warnke of Rocklin did Wednesday, better save yourself a trip. Warnke found out that all applications are being taken through The Home Depot Web site, homedepot.com. The Sierra College student said he found out about the store from his girlfriend and he’s looking for any available positions. Rice gave numerous employment talks at Golden Sierra Job Training in Auburn, she said. Even though all manager positions will be filled with experienced Home Depot employees, other positions will be open. “We’ve had more than 400 applications,” Rice said. “There will be approximately100 new hires from this area.” Three managers from Placer County bring 52 years of experience with Home Depot to the Auburn store. Store manager Garrett Churchill with 18 years, and assistant manager Marty Henshaw, 19 years, both come from Lincoln. Specialty manager Heinrich Canthal, 15 years, will be moving up from the Roseville store. Passman knows that many local residents currently drive to Roseville and Sacramento to get their home-building supplies, but realizes that trend will change with a Home Depot now in Auburn. “A lot of people here will be our customers,” Passman said. “The store is really for the neighborhood.” While Home Depot stores can look alike, the Auburn store will have some features best suited for the area. “There will be a look for cabinets here in Auburn that we don’t use in other areas,” Passman said. “Ceramic tiles will be for the Auburn area and kitchens, also.” Customers will find an expanded lighting and appliance department. There’s a wide stock of lumber indoors and private contractors will have a service desk just to meet their needs.