Crews continue construction of a new Walmart supercenter in Tigard. The world's largest retailer announced on Monday that it would hire about 300 employees at the store, and another 300 at its Sherwood store. Both stores are expected to open this summer.Walmart said this week that it plans to hire about 600 people for its two new stores opening this year in Tigard and Sherwood.

The world’s largest retailer announced on Monday that it is looking for about 300 employees at each of its two supercenters currently under construction.

Both stores will be hiring full- and part-time associates, with more full-time positions expected than part-time positions, according to Walmart officials.

All employees will have access to benefits packages, according to a statement released by Walmart officials.

“I look forward to meeting candidates who are interested in building a career with Walmart,” said Sherwood store manager Scot Gavic.

A certain number of job openings will be made available to veterans discharged within the past year.

Applications can be filled out online or returned in person to temporary hiring centers:

Sherwood Walmart Hiring Center

13990 SW. Galbreath Drive, in Sherwood

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

Tigard Walmart Hiring Center

10120 SW. Hall Blvd., Suite 104, in Tigard

Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are excited to bring a one-stop shopping option along with additional jobs to the community,” said Tigard store manager Dion Hess in a statement from the company.

The two stores have drawn a firestorm of critics in the two cities, who have argued that bringing the large big-box retailer to the areas will put smaller competitors out of business.

News of the stores' arrival has sparked recall campaigns in Sherwood, protests at city council meetings, online petitions and the formation of local activist groups in attempts to stop the stores from opening.

The stores are expected to open by the end of the summer.

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