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Gap Career Fair

Gap Inc., which is building an e-commerce fulfillment and distribution center in Longview, held a job fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Boulevard in Longview.

Gap’s new distribution center is scheduled to begin operations in August in Longview’s North Business Park, off Judson Road at George Richey Road. The 850,000 square foot, $140 million facility is located on 142 acres in the business park. Under an incentive agreement with the city, county and Longview Economic Development Corp., Gap will average 255 full-time employees by the end of the year, growing to 500 by the end of the year. by 2023 and to 1,222 by 2026.

Full-time, benefits-eligible cargo handler jobs offer medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans, 50% off regular-priced cargo at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta, the tuition reimbursement, “competitive” paid time off, paid time off, and other benefits.

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Opening of the loan center

A Disaster Loan Awareness Center is now open in Gilmer to help home and business owners and others affected by the severe storms and tornadoes that hit this area on March 21.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Awareness Center opened Friday during the third flooding of the Upshur County Courthouse in the Old Commissioners’ Meeting Room at 100 W. Tyler St. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 26. .

“Victims of the severe storms and tornado on March 21, 2022 can go to the scene and get in-person assistance to complete the application for a Federally Supported Disaster Loan to cover uninsured losses. landlords, tenants, businesses and private non-profit organizations,” the Small Business Administration information said.

The affected Texas counties eligible for assistance are Bastrop, Grayson, Houston, Jack, Montague, Nacogdoches, Upshur, and Williamson, and the contiguous counties of Anderson, Angelina, Archer, Bell, Burnet, Caldwell, Camp, Cherokee, Clay , Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Fayette, Gregg, Harrison, Lee, Leon, Madison, Marion, Milam, Morris, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Travis, Trinity, Walker, Wise, Wood and Young.

A variety of aid is available, with an application deadline of July 5 for people seeking loans to help with physical damage to homes and businesses and February 5, 2023 for economic harm loans.

Applications can be submitted online at Additional information is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or emailing [email protected] People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call (800) 877-8339.

The 7-11 conversion begins

The slurpees are on their way to Longview again.

Wills Investments Groups, a 7-Eleven franchisee based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, purchased six Kwik Stops from East Texas Kyle in August. The purchase included Kyle’s Kwik Stop No. 5 where Nanny Goat’s restaurant is located on Judson Road. Wills Investments Group has been in business for approximately 20 years and operates 20 7-Elevens in Texas and Colorado.

Work on converting the Judson Road store to the 7-Eleven brand has started recently, with hidden drink machines as changes are made to offer 7-Eleven’s signature Slurpees. The fare will also include hot dogs, fresh food and take-out items such as chicken wings, chicken tenders and pizza.

Frank Stofflet, Wills Investments Group managing director for operations in Colorado and Texas, said grand openings of the converted stores will begin within the next three weeks and will occur approximately every two weeks.

The Judson Road store is about six or seven weeks away from its official opening. Once the Slurpee equipment is operational, work will begin on the center of the store floor and the front of the building. The 7-Eleven sign will go up the day before the official opening, which is scheduled for late June.

“We are thrilled,” Stofflet said.

Other area locations that will be converted include former Kyle’s Kwik stops on the 281 West Loop, across from Lear Sports Complex; on FM 968 and three locations in Canton, Jacksonville and Mount Pleasant.

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