WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A larger than expected crowd in search of employment at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall showed up Thursday for a job fair at Northwood University.
Before noon, more than 15 hundred people had filled out applications. The growing crowd caused a traffic jam on Military Trail.
Job fair organizers temporarily closed the job line.
An hour later the line reopened. Business managers were kept busy talking to potential employees.
A Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th selling manager said, "The turnout here is just outrageous we never expected it, everyone is very excited. I think it's a wonderful thing for West Palm Beach."
Palm Beach Outlets General Manager Jim Roberts originally thought 5,000 people might show up. "Yeah, I think we might beat 5,000 today. It's been a tremendous success."
More than 5000 people filled out applications.
Aleah Holland was one of the applicants. "Just to get whatever they had to offer me. I applied and hopefully I did well, I got three interviews."
Full-time and part-time positions need to be filled before the new 84-acre venue on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard can open Feb. 14.
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The general manager of the mall said it will open in two phases. About 100 stores will open in February, while the second phase will be in the fall.
Security cameras will be located near the stores, and call boxes will also be available for shoppers who need help finding their cars.
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