This is Hope and Change in NC — 42 openings at a Big Lots! Store in Fuquay-Varina, NC and over 900 applicants.
News and Observer via Cary news with emphasis added:
FUQUAY-VARINA – Jimmy Wilson hung a “store open” banner across the new Big Lots on Lakestone Commons Avenue, and word spread like wildfire that the town had gotten a new discount store.
Across town, Wilson’s wife was fielding calls from friends and neighbors asking if the rumors were true. By the time store manager Wilson opened the doors for the first time at 10 a.m. Oct. 9, customers were lined up at the door.
And Big Lots hasn’t even had its grand opening yet. It’s scheduled for Friday.
“Our customer count was four times higher than anticipated,” Wilson said. “I think everybody loves Big Lots. People have been waiting for this store to open. We have stores in Garner and Cary, but people are tired of having to drive out there.”
People were also looking for jobs. Wilson said he received about 900 applications for 42 positions.
He figured the large number of applicants was an indication of the economy’s slow recovery, considering all he did to advertise for the job openings was put up a table in front of the store a few months ago.
Applicants ranged from the unemployed to others with part-time retail jobs and some with no sales experience, he said.
Update: Linked by Doug Ross – THANKS!