King Soopers, City Market parent company plans to hire thousands in 2017

CINCINNATI — A big grocery chain announced Monday that it will be adding thousands of jobs at stores across the U.S.

Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers and City Market, said it will fill 10,000 positions in 2017.

While the statistics sound impressive, the number of jobs being filled by the company is lower than last year when Kroger hired 12,000 new employees.

The company ended last year with 431,000 full- and part-time employees. The new jobs make up about 2 percent of the chain’s workforce.

This hopeful news for job seekers was announced hours after Amazon.com pledged to create more than 1,000 jobs in Colorado. 

Earlier this month, a plan released by Wal-Mart outlined their intention to add 10,000 jobs.

The pronouncements of new jobs come on the heels of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who has personally celebrated much of the new job growth as a consequence of his tough talk warning companies to keep jobs in America.

He heralded Carrier’s decision to keep jobs in America that might have otherwise been outsourced.

After overblown numbers regarding the saved jobs cited by Trump, Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, was publicly critical of Trump’s claim to have saved 1,100 jobs at the Indianapolis plant, saying instead the president “halfway delivered.”

Kroger operates supermarkets under multiple names, including Fry’s, Mariano’s, Pick N’ Save and others.