DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL — Kroger Co., parent of Denver-based King Soopers, is looking to fill an estimated 11,000 positions in its supermarkets, including around 2,000 management jobs, the company announced today.

Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE: KR), the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, is asking interested candidates to apply online. Over the last year, the company has created around 100,000 new jobs across the United States, Tim Massa, Kroger’s vice president of human resources and labor relations, said in a statement.

The hiring would not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs or increases due to the company’s mergers, Kroger said.

The company's hiring plan follows news that Kroger workers, led by civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., protested at its Cincinnati headquarters today against the alleged closure of several stores, including its Walnut Hills location, that serve minority communities.

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