A number of retailers are planning store openings in Hawaii this year, with Walmart launching a new hiring center in Kapolei as the company prepares to open and remodel two outlets in the state.

Amelia McLear, Walmart public affairs senior manager, told KHON News, that the company expects to hire 300 various types of employees for its new store in Kapolei when it opens this spring.

"Those positions will encompass all kinds of job opportunities from management opportunities to cashiers to stocking overnight shifts, and both full and part time," McLear.

Walmart will also hire an additional 70 workers as part of a remodeling project for its Pearl City store.

In Kailua, a new Target store currently under construction is expected to create 300 new positions when it opens its doors in October.

The news of the openings in Hawaii came in the wake of new job numbers that found men were starting to outpace women in retail hiring across the country.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly twice as many men found work in the retail sector than women in the past year, with 1.3 million men hired from December 2010 to December 2011.

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