Times Staff And Wire Reports

Here’s some good news for job seekers: Kohl’s is opening 12 locations in the Los Angeles area next month and is planning to hire 1,800 employees to fill the stores.

Local job seekers are encouraged to apply for associate positions, including customer service, cash register operation and early-morning stocking. New hires will receive benefits that include health insurance and merchandise discounts.

New store locations are in Cypress, Downey, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Northridge, Redondo Beach, Sun Valley, Tustin, Upland and Whittier.

Job fairs are scheduled for this week, through Thursday. Applicants should visit www or call (877) 639-5645 to schedule an interview and to obtain additional information.

Kohl’s is opening 30 California stores this fall, increasing the number in the state to 121.