Runnings store set to create jobs, tax revenue

JOHNSTOWN – The Runnings store coming to the former Walmart store site in the town will hire 70 to 90 full- and part-time employees, the company says.

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair for Runnings at the chamber office at 2 N. Main St. in Gloversville on Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The company, which sells farm and livestock equipment and supplies, says it’s looking for cashiers, sales associates, department managers and assistant store managers.

Runnings Human Resource Manager Roger Evert said, “We’re hoping to start with a group of 15-20 [employees] by the middle of June.”

More employees will be hired as the the store comes closer to its expected September opening.

According to the company’s website, Runnings operates more than 30 retail stores throughout Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana.

The retailer’s website had no stores listed in New York state.

Dennis Jensen, director of marketing at Runnings, said the company plans to open two other stores in New York state – in Rome, Oneida County, and Canandaigua, Ontario County.

Jensen said the company determined the Northeast has a need for Runnings’ goods.

Runnings bought Walmart’s former Johnstown site after it moved to a new location in Gloversville last year.

Officials from the town say the Runnings store could increase the town’s sales tax revenue after losing revenue with Walmart’s departure.

“I think it is really great,” said Town Board member Walter Lane of Runnings’ plans.

Applications will be available at the job fair and online at