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LOS ANGELES -- A dozen of Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores will be opening in the Los Angeles area as part of the British retailer's U.S. entrance, the company revealed last week, while also providing details on the its hiring package.
"Nowhere is our approach to serving every neighborhood more evident than Los Angeles, where we will open stores everywhere from Hollywood to Compton," Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market CEO, said in a written statement. "Everyone deserves the opportunity to shop for fresh, quality foods at prices they can afford, and Los Angeles is no exception."
In addition to the 12 locations announced last week, an additional seven sites are being researched, Tesco reported. Like the other Fresh & Easy formats that will be opening in San Diego, Phoenix and LA later this year, the stores will be smaller than traditional supermarkets to facilitate a fast, easy shopping experience, the company stated.
Tesco also detailed its plans for being a successful employer, which included research through potential employees, who told the company being treated with respect is a key factor, the company explained. As a result, Fresh & Easy will emphasize a team-based culture -- including a two-day training session for all employees on life skills.
"We strive to be a good neighbor through being a great place to work," Mason said. "The Fresh & Easy experience depends on friendly service, and we all know happy employees lead to happy customers."
Fresh & Easy also found that employees consistently rank pay, healthcare, retirement savings and paid time off as the Top 4 most valuable components in their benefits package. As a result, the company's benefits will include those four elements.
Additional benefits offered to Fresh & Easy employees will include:
-- Entry-level positions will start at $10 an hour in California, and include a quarterly bonus of up to 10 percent.
-- All jobs at Fresh & Easy are slated to offer at least 20 hours a week.
-- All employees -- including part-time workers -- will be offered affordable healthcare that includes medical, prescription drugs, dental and vision coverage, with the company paying at least 75 percent of the cost, and a qualifying period of 90 days.
-- 401-k retirement plan, with company match.
-- A generous paid time-off plan.