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Home Depot site to hire 200

Some 200 jobs are coming to Tracy as The Home Depot gets set to open a distribution center in December.

The home improvement giant is building the 646,000- square-foot facility in north Tracy just off Interstate 205 as part of a national plan to construct 20 "rapid deployment centers."

The center has been under construction since May 2008.

The Home Depot spokeswoman Kathryn Gallagher said the site, in what is called California's transportation golden triangle of Modesto-Tracy-Stockton, will serve its stores from Bakersfield to Eureka and Reno.

"The site was right, the city was great to work with," Gallagher said. "It was an ideal destination that was in the middle."

She said the 200 jobs needed to staff the center are all full- time with benefits. They range from general warehouse to office positions. Most of the openings require warehouse experience.

Warehouse work includes loading and unloading trucks, operating forklifts and handling other equipment. Office work includes clerical duties, maintaining records and inventory. Managerial positions are available.

Gallagher said the company does not release salary ranges in advance.

All applications must be filed online at www.careers.homedepot.com.

Gallagher said she expects a large pool of applicants and should see about 500 job seekers at the first closed hiring event Saturday.

Job seekers have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to get their applications in to be considered for the initial screening.

"It's a great opportunity for people to get an office or warehouse job," Gallagher said. "It's a great place to build a career."

She said primary hiring will last about a month. Employment could start a month to a few weeks before the center's Dec. 14 opening date for training and preparations.

This is the second large distribution center announcement for the area this year.

In July, W.W. Grainger Inc. said it would open an 820,000-square-foot distribution center in Patterson. The center would create 200 jobs and open by mid-2011.

With more than 2,200 retail stores across the country, The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement retailer. It has 10 stores in the Northern San Joaquin Valley from Stockton to Merced.

Gallagher said the new distribution center will help "ensure a pleasant shopping experience" at area stores.

"This is part of a larger program for us to service our stores better and make sure there are products on our shelves a lot quicker and more efficiently and that the aisles aren't cluttered," she said.

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or 578-2284.

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