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Fresh & Easy uses social media to recruit interns

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Tesco’s U.S. subsidiary is looking for interns.

Fresh & Easy said it is hoping to fill 30 paid positions within such company departments as human resources, supply chain, commercial, marketing, information technology and engineering. The company said it is hoping to find interns to fill the positions by posting the openings on Fresh & Easy’s new careers Twitter account, along with the Fresh & Easy’s careers website.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be a current student enrolled in their senior year or a recent graduate from a 4-year accredited university and must commit to full-time work.

“The Fresh & Easy internship program is a great opportunity for students and recent grads to gain once-in-a-lifetime experience with a fast-growing company,” Fresh & Easy recruitment director Emma Weare said. “Last year, more than half our interns found full-time opportunities within Fresh & Easy.”

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Target expands list of Canada stores opening next year

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Just a few weeks after unveiling the locations of its first 24 stores in Canada, Target released an expanded list of stores that will debut in 2013.

The stores listed included two in Alberta, two in British Columbia, 29 in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan. Additional details can be viewed here.

As previously reported, Target purchased the leasehold interests of 189 sites currently operated by Zellers, and is slated to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada, the majority of which will open in 2013. Approximately $10 million to $11 million will be invested to remodel each facility, the retailer said.

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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index dips in December

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index slightly dropped in December despite small improvements in 3-out-of-4 components.

The index — which is comprised of tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — fell to 1.86 from a reading of 1.93 the previous month. Because of this drop, the ability for consumers to continue to spend at the rates seen in 2011 may be in question, Deloitte said.

“The new year brings new demands on retailers,” said Alison Paul, vice chairman and U.S. retail and distribution sector leader at Deloitte LLP. “In addition to a challenging economic climate, shifts in consumer behavior — from price consciousness to technology adoption — will force retailers to find new ways to remain relevant to their customers in 2012. Retailers should align talent, physical space, processes and technology in a way that moves the in-store environment from transactional to a complete and engaging brand experience.”

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