PEORIA (WEEK) – Come for a job and stay for a career. With this mantra, employers at Kroger hope to be able to recruit new workers before the holiday season begins.

The grocer held a nationwide hiring event Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

25 News met an assistant store manager Debra Burgess-Tipton at Peoria Kroger, 9219 N. Lindbergh Dr., who said the goal of her store is to find about 20 candidates who can fill full-time, part-time or seasonal positions.

“What we mean by seasonal is that many of the college students go to school and then come back for the holidays …

-Debra Burgess-Tipton, Assistant Store Manager at Kroger

Current Kroger employees are offered $ 100 referrals.

You can find more information about the recruitment event on Wednesday here.