CarMax looks to hire 120 for new Lynnwood, Puyallup stores

LYNNWOOD — CarMax, which bills itself as the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, is hiring more than 120 people at two new stores opening March in the Puget Sound region, one in Lynnwood and one in Puyallup.

The publicly traded company is looking to hire full- and part-time employees and is offering up to a $5,000 signing bonus for automotive technicians.

The company is planning to hold a career fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at 202 15th Ave. SW, Puyallup. Or people can apply at http://jobs.carmax.com.

CarMax, based in Richmond, Virginia, has more than 150 stores nationwide. It’s growing by about 13 to 16 stores a year. It’s big enough to rank on the Fortune 500 list of wealthiest U.S. companies.

The company expanded to Washington in 2014 when it opened a store in Spokane. The Lynnwood and Puyallup lots will be the first for the chain in the Puget Sound region.

The Lynnwood store is being built at the former Detroit Autoworks property at 21317 Highway 99 includes. It includes a 19,277-square-foot, single-story building, a 926-square-foot car wash and 580 parking stalls, 402 for sales and 178 for customers and employees.

For the two new stores, CarMax is looking to hire people in sales, business and service operations including inventory, painters and technicians.

Technicians require previous experience, but most jobs do not and many CarMax employees have worked for other major retailers, such as Target, Lowe’s, Walmart and Macy’s.

CarMax was started in the early 1990s by Circuit City executives who were looking to create a national retail chain without a national competitor, according to the CarMax website.

Circuit City, which went out of business in 2009, invested $50 million into the CarMax concept. The company sold its first car, a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee in 1993.

CarMax became its own company in 1997 and is traded under the ticker symbol KMX.

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