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New grocery store creates jobs

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  The finishing touches at Kennewick's new Grocery Outlet.

"We're confident and we're excited," says Jon Hemmer.  "This has been a great area.  we've had a lot of people wanting grocery outlets here.  With me traveling, I've heard of, when I fly out of airports, even before there is even a store coming here, people have been asking when is there going to be a Grocery Outlet?"

The aisles are getting stocked and so is the payroll.

"We have 27 employees today.  There was a flood of applications, probably over 350 applications coming in either online, through worksource or actually physically right here at the site" says Dane Dorsey the owner of Grocery Outlet.

The applications are still coming and it's all welcomed news in a battered economy. Now the store is mopping up months of tough times.

"Well I was out of work in October of 2009 and I did side work for my friends and a bunch of other people, but side work doesn't pay the bills" says Matt Blatman.

He's a CBC student looking for money but now he's not shopping around for work.

Blatman also stated, "I had no idea 350 people applied, that's crazy.  because I didn't think, ya know, I didn't think I was anything special.  I'm just glad I have a job."