Cherry Republic, which reopened its six Michigan retail stores and its Glen Arbor Cherry Public House restaurant last week, is now looking ahead to the summer season and how it can help breathe some life into the economy in Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The company plans to recall laid-off staff and increase its overall employee team by approximately 50 percent over the next six weeks, according to Cherry Republic President Bob Sutherland. In addition to retail positions in Cherry Republic’s Traverse City and Glen Arbor stores, the company will be hiring bakery and light assembly workers at its Empire Cherry Factory.
“This is a unique moment in our company and a great opportunity for some dependable and team-oriented members of our community,” Sutherland says. “Some of these seasonal jobs have the possibility of turning into year-round careers.” Cherry Republic provides competitive wages and unique employment perks, including generous employee discounts and access to Cherry Republic’s College Matching Program. Open to all employees who meet certain requirements and are enrolled in a Michigan Education Savings Plan, the company starts with a dollar-for-dollar match for each hour worked in the student’s first year of employment and then gradually increases its match by $.50 each year. By the fifth year, Cherry Republic contributes $3 for every $1 the student puts in his or her account. “For those students who decide to take a year off from school during this unusual time, our College Matching Program is a great way for them to get some extra money in the bank before returning to their studies,” Sutherland points out.
To ensure the health and safety of its customers and workers, Cherry Republic has updated its policies, procedures, and training to reflect the latest guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities. For employment information, visit CherryRepublic.com/discover/employment.
About Cherry Republic
Cherry Republic donates one percent of its annual sales to nonprofits that positively impact the environment and communities throughout Michigan. Founded in 1989, the company employs approximately 80 year-round workers and has retail stores in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Holland, Frankenmuth and Charlevoix.