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09/26/2022

Dick’s keeps holiday hiring level; to shut stores, DCs on Thanksgiving

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Dick’s is hiring 9,000 holiday workers.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is looking to take on a similar number of seasonal holiday associates as it has in the past two years and is giving store employees a Thanksgiving break.

The specialty sporting goods retailer is hosting its fifth annual “National Signing Day,” the official kickoff to its 2022 holiday recruiting efforts, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Dick’s intends to hire up to 9,000 seasonal employees for positions at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Public Lands, Field & Stream, and Going, Going, Gone stores across the country.

In addition, all of the company's store locations and distribution centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2022, allowing associates to spend the holiday with their families. Customers can still shop online on Thanksgiving Day, with stores re-opening on Black Friday. Dick’s also closed its stores for Thanksgiving Day in 2021.

The company is keeping steady with holiday hiring goals. In 2021, Dick’s planned to hire up to 10,000 seasonal workers for the holiday season, the most in its history. In 2020, Dick's added approximately 9,000 seasonal employees.

[Read More: Seasonal Hiring Outlook: Recession fears may limit need]

Seasonal associates will receive optional daily pay and an associate discount of up to 25% off. Interested applicants can first apply online at dicks.com/jobs and then visit their local store or distribution center on National Signing Day to be interviewed. Holiday hiring will continue beyond National Signing Day until all positions are filled.

Dick’s Sporting Goods ups outlook
Dick’s is maintaining its pace of holiday hiring on the heels of boosting its forecast, even as some retailers, including Macy’s and Kohl’s, have done just the opposite this year.  In a statement, executive chairman Ed Stack said Dick’s performance reflected the strength of its core categories and the structural changes it made across its business five years ago.

For its most recent full quarter ended July 30, the company reported that its net earnings totaled $318.4 million, or $3.25 a share, for the down from $495.5 million, or 4.53 a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted earnings came to $3.68 per share, ahead of the $3.59 expected by analysts.

Sales edged down to $3.11 billion from $3.27 billion a year ago, but topped the $3.06 billion analysts expected.  Sales increased 38% compared to the second quarter of 2019. Same-store sales fell 5.1%.

For the full year, Dick’s now expects adjusted earnings per share to be between $10 and $12, up from its previous forecast of $9.15 to $11.70. However, the retailer expects full-year same-store sales to fall 6% to 2%, compared with prior guidance of an 8% to 2% decrease.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. operates more than 850 Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, Public Lands, Going Going Gone and Warehouse Sale stores, online, and through the Dick’s mobile app. The company also owns and operates DICK'S House of Sport and Golf Galaxy Performance Center, as well as GameChanger, a youth sports mobile app for scheduling, communications, live scorekeeping and video streaming.