Rural King interviews planned for next week

PARKERSBURG – Rural King is expected to open in the Park Shopping Center in mid-October, but interviews for jobs with the farm and home store start next week.

The arrival of the Illinois-based chain’s first store in West Virginia is expected to create more than 70 jobs, said Susan Samuelson, vice president of human resources for Rural King.

Initial interviews will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Workforce West Virginia offices at 304 Lakeview Drive in Parkersburg. Walk-ins are welcome, with no appointment required.

“We’re excited about interviewing potential associates,” Samuelson said.

Rural King is purchasing the former Big Bear Plus location and some of the surrounding land in the Park Shopping Center. Shopping center owner Brad Glazer said that’s not an uncommon arrangement and noted other stores in the center – including Gabriel Brothers and Gran Ranchero – also own their facilities.

“It’s just a different way of putting things together,” Glazer said.

The deal has not been completed, and Glazer declined to reveal a price.

The subdivision received approval from the Parkersburg Municipal Planning Commission last month, but before it becomes official, a 170-foot section of sewer line beneath the property must be taken into the Parkersburg Utility Board’s sanitary sewer system. That can’t happen until a 20-foot damaged segment is fixed, said PUB Manager Eric Bennett.

“Before we will accept it, that has to be repaired,” he said.

Glazer said he was only recently made aware of the damage, and the work will be done.

“We would have done it anyway, if we’d known about it,” he said.

Additional work is planned for the shopping center, including repaving of the parking lot and upgrading some facades, Glazer said.