In 1958, William Amthor opened the first Cost Plus store in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. He had started out by selling some extra rattan furniture he had, and found that the area loved that type of stuff.
So he opened a warehouse that sold exclusively wicker and imported merchandise instead of displaying it in his current furniture store.
The name came from the pricing idea; it was sold at cost plus 10%, a practice which is no longer observed.
Today the store is known as Cost Plus World Market and they carry a variety of imported goods including dry goods such as snacks, candies and condiments.
It didn’t take long for the Cost Plus store to take off and it has since spread into 30 states with 259 stores.
When you work in one of their many stores it’s more than just running the register or stocking the shelves, although those are important positions.
You will be helping customers navigate the different items that are brought into the store regularly. They import from over 50 countries. Customer service is an important part of your daily routine.
In the distribution center you’ll be responsible for receiving the merchandise from around the world and then distributing it to the stores.
You need to be able to follow directions and be extremely organized so that the wrong shipment doesn’t go to the wrong site. You need to be able to fill all the orders in a timely manner as well.
Cost Plus job benefits include:
- Medical, Dental & Vision
- Prescription Drug Plan
- Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending
- Health & Wellness Programs
- 401K plan
- Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Vacation, Floating Holidays & Paid Sick Days
Cost Plus World Market offers eligible part-time employees a limited benefits plan geared toward preventative care, health and wellness.
Companies that offer such a comprehensive benefits package to their employees, such as Cost Plus, is serious about investing in and giving back to their employees. Working for a company with this mentality is a MUST!
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