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Lancaster County Business Adds Jobs; Preparing for Halloween Shopping Season

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This time of year is big business for some retailers as many costume shops refer to Halloween as their Christmas.

Party City in Lancaster County added 30 jobs in preparation for its number one selling season. In February, the business began preparing by ordering everything from costumes, to masks, to decorations. When summer arrived, all of the items were in house. The next step was hiring extra staff members.

"All types of positions, said Mike Lawrence, Party City General Manager. "We have cashiers. We have stock people, sales people."

Shea Kurtz is a cashier. She was hired in September.

"I'm actually saving for a car for college," said Kurtz. "I plan on going to college. I need to pay back my school for my online school. That was a lot of money that my parents paid for. So, I'd like to pay them back in the future."

300 people applied for the seasonal positions and 30 were hired. The end of the temporary job season is typically the first week in November. However, Lawrence told Fox 43 many positions could turn into permanent ones. The store is currently fully staffed, but positions could open up in the future.

Across Central Pennsylvania, Party City has hired 500 people this season.

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