Supermarkets around the country are taking advantage of an improving economy and increased sales by expanding and building new stores around the country, with their efforts boosting retail hiring numbers along the way.

Market chain Kroger announced it plans to update and expand its stores across Michigan, expecting to hire around 2,000 people over the next 18 months, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The retail store plans to create larger stores to compete with other retail chains including Meijer, Target and Wal-Mart, replacing and renovating between 45 and 50 smaller locations that will have larger selections of material and other features including gas stations

Store expansion will create the jobs, 90 percent of which are expected to be part-time positions such as clerks and stockers with perks including health care. Eighty-five of the jobs will be managerial positions.

Whole Foods Market also plans to expand, building a new location in Savannah, Ga. The chain will be hiring 125 workers for positions including cashiers and servers, according to the Savannah Morning News. The store recently moved its projected opening date from fall 2014 to August 2013. 

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