HARKER HEIGHTS — Sam’s Club has set up a hiring center to fill the 175 job positions that will be available at the new store under construction in the city.

Recent military veterans are especially encouraged to apply for positions as part of Wal-Mart Store Inc.’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. Walmart and Sam’s Club, a membership-only retail store, have pledged to train and hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years, a news release said.

As part of the commitment, jobs are offered to any honorably discharged veterans in their first 12 months off active duty. These can be veterans seeking a career in retail, or those looking for jobs while they continue their education or determine future paths.

Bill Simon, president and CEO of the retail giant, said Wal-Mart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country.

“And we want to hire more,” he said. “I can think of no better group to lead in revitalizing our economy than those who have served in uniform. Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom. When they return, it must be to a land of possibility.”

Construction on Sam’s Club in Harker Heights began in January and is expected to be completed this fall. Joe Tovi, who began his career with the company 13 years ago as a cashier, will manage the store at 3600 W. Central Texas Expressway, according to the news release.

“Sam’s Club provides great career opportunities,” Tovi said. “I’m an example of somebody who has taken advantage of them and loves my career.”

Available positions include cashiers, overnight stockers, sales associates and management.

The hiring center is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 3400 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 101, Killeen.

Contact Kristi Johnson at kristij@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548

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