COMPTON ( — Walmart says a new Compton store opening this winter will need locals to fill as many as 300 new full- and part-time jobs.

The retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at 420 S. Long Beach Blvd., Suite 424, next door to O’Reilly Auto Parts, where applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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New workers will be needed as soon as December to help prepare the store for its grand opening, store manager Diana Reyes said.

Eligible full- and part-time workers can get benefits including health care, matching 401(k) contributions of up to six percent of pay, discounts, company-paid life insurance and a quarterly cash bonus based on store performance.

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Walmart says 10,000 California workers were promoted from part-time to full-time last year.