Working collaboratively to establish jobs for Somerville residents, FRIT and City co-host two weekend-long hiring events; Somerville residents invited to first weekend, second weekend to be
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SOMERVILLE – As the City prepares for the first retailers to open their doors this spring at Assembly Row, Somerville’s newest neighborhood is hosting four job fairs, two of which will be exclusively for Somerville residents, to give residents a first look and access to jobs with the City’s newest employers. Jobs are being offered at a variety of levels, including Sales Associates, Manager and Assistant Manager positions. A sampling of available jobs are currently posted on Assembly Row’s Jobs Portal, and many additional positions will be available through the job fairs.

Beginning the weekend of March 1, the City of Somerville and Federal Realty Investment Trust will host two consecutive weekends of job fairs at the East Somerville Community School. The Assembly Row Job Fair will feature some of the more than 30 retailers and restaurants, including LEGOLAND Discovery Center and AMC Theater, opening at Assembly Row. Employers will discuss open positions and accept resumes and applications. If you’re a Somerville resident, March 1 and 2 is an exclusive first look just for you. The job fairs on March 8 and 9 will be open to both Somerville and residents from surrounding communities.

The fairs will be held as follows:
• Saturday, March 1: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS ONLY)
• Sunday, March 2: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. (SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS ONLY)
• Saturday, March 8: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Sunday, March 9: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.


“Somerville’s 20-year SomerVision plan, sets our community’s vision for the next 20 years, including the creation of 30,000 new jobs in the city, all by 2030. More than that, our commitment is to provide opportunities for Somerville residents to access those jobs through first-access initiatives, job fairs, job training and other efforts. With the first phase of development nearing completion at Assembly Row, Somerville residents will begin to see the early benefits of these plans and goals,” said Mayor Curtatone.

“Assembly Row is the east coast’s largest mixed-use development under construction. Our outlet retailers, restaurants, and entertainment anchors have quickly embraced the Local Hiring Initiative with the sincere hope and preference of hiring locally with nearly 1,500 positions expected to be filled in just the first phase,” said Russ Joyner, VP and General Manager of Assembly Row. “The successful placement of this many people would not be possible without the partnership of The City of Somerville, the leadership of the City’s planning department, and the assistance of the Local Hiring Initiative committee. We have been working with the City for over five months to outline our united approach to hiring while launching our Jobs Portal. We are confident that this program will help our tenants prepare for a great opening season this spring at Assembly Row and support the neighborhood’s successful and long term growth.”

Earlier this year, the City announced its intent to enter into a contract with a local workforce development agency to assist local workers in obtaining new job opportunities in Somerville. In addition to providing job training, the selected agency will connect residents with Somerville employers looking to hire and will serve as a conduit for residents to learn about employment opportunities and gain a first look at and access to those opportunities. As the City moves toward the community’s goal of creating 30,000 new jobs in the city by 2030, as set forth in SomerVision, new development at Assembly Row is creating the first of those new jobs, and Somerville residents will be able to reap the benefits through strong local partnerships. A contract will be awarded to a local agency in coming weeks.

Confirmed participants at the Assembly Row Jobs Fairs include:

• Pendleton
• Brooks Brothers
• LEGOLAND Discovery Center
• Chico’s
• Fuji
• Wilsons Leather
• Papagayo
• AMC Theater
• Tony C’S
• JP Licks
• Nike Factory Store
• Le Crueset
• Sports Authority
• Starbucks
More to be added!

“LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is beyond thrilled to come to Somerville and Assembly Row. As part of our grand opening strategy we will be looking to hire more than 100 enthusiastic and passionate employees,” said David Gilmore General Manager at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. “Attracting talent from our community is one of our top priorities. LEGOLAND Discovery Center will be a fun and interactive children’s attraction that will offer roles in operations, food and beverage and retail. We have an employee development plan in place which means that those who do come to work for us will have the opportunity to grow. We are looking forward to opening Merlin Entertainment’s 101st attraction with a strong, locally based team.”

For more information about the job fairs, please contact Andrea Simpson at

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