Computer retailers in Tasmania should be extra pleasant to their staff in coming weeks as Harvey Norman's computer franchisees go on the recruitment trail for 30 technical, cashier and sales positions for the seven new superstores in the Apple Isle opening this month.
The former Loughran's Living stores in Rosny, Glenorchy, Hobart City, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport and Ulverstone, recently bought out by Harvey Norman (see ARN, July 22, 1998, page 1), are to be relaunched this month under new banner with sourcing of personnel being one of the last requirements. Claiming to be beefing up its level of on-site technical support, Tony Gattari, Harvey Norman's general manager, computer division, said the new managing franchisees are looking for suitably-experienced, local people.
"We want to be able to deliver the type of service expected by today's discerning customers and the hunt is on for suitably experienced people to help us achieve that goal," said Gattari.
"It represents a great opportunity for Tasmanians to be part of the Harvey Norman success story and demonstrates why our move into the state will be a boon for the local economy. We estimate the combined revenue from the seven superstores to be around 1.8 million dollars, some of which will be ploughed back into Tasmania through wages and local supply lines.