GOAL: URBAN EMPLOYMENT
Work continues on the planned Urban Outfitters store at 2 Broad Street in Red Bank.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Just a couple hours into Urban Outfitters‘ marathon job fair on Wednesday, there was certainly a deluge at the Oyster Point Hotel. Just not the one that may have been anticipated.
Sometimes in small bunches, but mostly one-by-one, young job seekers dressed in the cutting edge, kitschy fashion that Urban Outfitters specializes in trickled into the Red Bank hotel from a downpour outside.
Over the course of an hour, about a dozen people showed made their way to a second-floor ballroom to fill out applications and interview for positions at the clothing store, which is set to open sometime next month.
Company officials refused to talk, so we don’t know how many people they were looking to hire. But redbankgreen was able to snag a couple of jobseekers to get their take on the company’s impending takeover of the corner of Broad and Front street.
Navesink resident Grace Rehor, 21, said she has about five years of clothing retail experience, between places like Macy’s and Abercrombie and Fitch, but hasn’t worked in a while. She hopes that the store’s opening will be in itself an economic stimulus.
“It’s really hard to find a job,” she said. “I’m really excited that there’s an Urban Outfitters coming here because that’s a lot of jobs.”
After completing her interview, Rehor was feeling pretty good about locking down one of those positions. She thinks she could stay awhile at a place like Urban Outfitters.
“I like their style,” Rehor said. “I think I’ll fit in here if I get it.”
It was the same for Thaddeus Adamczyk, who came to the interview as the fair posting advertised: dressed as he would for work. Meaning skinny jeans, zipped hoodie and gloves ripped at the knuckles.
An admitted fan of Urban Outfitters, Adamczyk, of Forked River, said he hoped to land a job to supplement his current source of income, working at weddings and banquets.
“Hopefully, it went pretty well,” the 22-year-old said. “It’s full-time and it’s something I would enjoy doing.”