US-based supermarket chain Kroger announced its plans to hire an estimated 14,000 people in its supermarket division.
The chain has 431,000 associates, who serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
Kroger and its subsidiaries also operate an expanding ClickList offering, which is a personalised, order online, pick up at the store service, in addition to 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewellry stores, 1,387 supermarket fuel centres and 38 food production plants in the US.
Kroger group vice-president of human resources and labour relations Tim Mass said: "We have openings across the country for friendly, hard-working associates to join our team."
Over the last eight years, Kroger has created more than 74,000 new jobs, although this does not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs and increases due to the company's mergers.
Kroger's total active workforce grew by more than 9,000 last year.
More than 90% of the new jobs were created in the company's supermarket divisions, ranging from full-time department heads and assistant store managers to part-time courtesy clerks and cashiers.
The company hired more than 7,000 veterans last year, and more than 35,000 veterans since 2009.