Thirty new employees are training for their postions at Hervey Bay Spotlight.
Thirty new employees are training for their postions at Hervey Bay Spotlight. Valerie Horton

Spotlight will have 30 staff when it opens in a month

THIRTY Spotlight employees underwent orientation training on Thursday in preparation for the grand opening of the much talked about store which will open its doors in a month.

Chairman and owner of Spotlight Zac Fried have been wanting to open the store in Hervey Bay for the past 12 years and when the building vacated by Sam's Warehouse at Stockland Hervey Bay became available three months ago, he jumped at the opportunity.

"The huge number of retirees is one of the main reasons why I wanted to open it here," he said.

"I can't give an exact date yet but it will be within the next four to five weeks and we will have a big opening day with face painting, sausage sizzles and first week special promos."

Mr Fried said more than 1000 people applied to work at the internationally renowned store and 30 were picked based on skills and personality.

"Our employees include Sam's Warehouse workers who were made redundant. We also employed people with a positive attitude and who know what customers need," he said.

Mr Fried said the company invests a lot in all the workers to bring the best out in them.

"We will have frequent training sessions so employees understand that the job is not about doing the same thing every day. We empower them to make their own decisions and to have a bit of fun," he said.

A New Zealand company, Spotlight opened its first international store in Singapore 19 years ago and recently opened a store in Malaysia with more to come in the near future.

Spotlight sells a range of items including home appliances, party supplies, knitting wools, pet products and home decos.