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Hundreds of job seekers compete for The Fresh Market openings

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AIKEN, SC (WFXG) -

Diane Folden is unemployed and looking for work since the business she owned for the last 7 years went under.

"It's been very hard," Folden, said.

Folden is applying along with hundreds of other people to work at the Fresh Market, which is coming to Aiken.

The Fresh Market Open House Manager Nicole Jenkins said, "We're expecting anywhere from 500 to 600 people today," Jenkins continued saying, "We're looking to hire anywhere between 80 to 100 people."

With that many applicants, job seekers such as Spencer Newman don't have great odds, but he's taking his chances. 

"Fingers crossed, toes crossed, everything's crossed; hopefully it will all work out for me," said Newman.

Newman says he came to Wednesday's job fair looking for any position available.

"I'm not even picky. I'm good, I can learn, I can pick up things quick."

John Goodyear is the man who will be in charge of the store, which is being built on the 1300 block of Whiskey Road.

He says he's looking to hire the applicants who set themselves apart from the crowd.

"The number one thing is that they certainly show their personality and they engage the interviewer; look them in the eye, smile, like they're just talking to a friend," Goodyear, said.

Goodyear says construction on the building should be finished the third week of March.

Folden hopes she will be working inside when the doors open. 

"I think the Fresh Market is a wonderful place to work and it would be a joy to work there," said Folden.

Goodyear says within the next two weeks they'll start calling folks for a second interview.

If you missed Wednesday's job fair, you can apply online at http://careers.thefreshmarket.com/.

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