The computer resource lab at Oakland PIC was bustling with Safeway staff as they assisted job candidates through the online application process during PIC’s Safeway Job Fairs held on Wednesday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

With the opening of a new Safeway store at 51st and Broadway in Oakland, recruiters conducted interviews, background checks and drug screenings for 288 job seekers on August 17 – which included unemployed applicants, people laid off by WalMart in Oakland this year, and enrollees in the Oakland Housing Authority Jobs Plus Pilot Program in partnership with Oakland PIC.

“We are excited to host Safeway during this job fair and to see job seekers getting hired,” said Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of Oakland PIC.

Open job positions included cashier, bakery, deli, produce, pharmacy and Starbucks clerks.

“We’re looking for bright, energetic, customer service-oriented people,” said Debra Feleke, District 4 Recruiter, Safeway. “We have various positions available. We have full benefits and plenty of room for advancement.”

As a result of the Safeway Job Fairs on August 10 and August 17, 148 people were offered jobs at the new store Safeway is opening at 51st and Broadway in Oakland. Applicants waited patiently throughout the hiring process, and for many of them, it was well worth it.


One notable experience was that of two people who were laid off by WalMart in Oakland when the store closed in January this year. They both started working at WalMart in Union City but really wanted to get back working in Oakland. The Safeway Job Fair gave them that chance when they both were hired on August 17!

Safeway will open its new store on September 14, 2016 at 5100 Broadway in Oakland.

Photos by Ashley Chambers.