Trump signs order overhauling federal hiring

WASHINGTON — Applicants for federal government jobs will now be vetted based on their skills rather than if they have a relevant college degree after President Trump on Friday signed an executive order directing his agencies to change their hiring practices.

At a signing ceremony at the White House, the president and other administration officials said the order would create a more merit-based system and opportunities for Americans who had previously been excluded from the workforce.

“The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and the talents that you bring to the job,” Trump said during the signing which coincided with a meeting of his American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.

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Pittsburgh-Based GNC Files For Bankruptcy, Will Close Up To 1,200 Stores – CBS Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh-based company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is planning to close up to 1,200 stores nationwide.

(CNN) — GNC has filed for bankruptcy, warning it will close up to a quarter of its stores and search for a buyer.

The 85-year-old vitamin and dietary supplement company has been saddled with nearly $1 billion of debt and has faced declining sales at its brick-and-mortar locations since before the pandemic. However, GNC said that stay-at-home orders during the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the company from accomplishing its refinancing plans because of the abrupt “dramatic negative impact” on its business.

GNC will continue operating, but it will become a smaller company. It plans to close up to 20% of its 5,800 retail stores, which amounts to as many as 1,200 locations across the United States. GNC also sells its products in an additional 1,200 Rite Aid stores.

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Among some of the store closures in the Pittsburgh area, are the location at the Monroeville Mall, the Cranberry Mall, Clearview Mall in Butler, and Pine Creek Center.

It obtained $130 million in fresh financing from its largest vendor, vitamin supplier IVC, to help it restructure. GNC aims to emerge from bankruptcy in the fall.

Source: Pittsburgh-Based GNC Files For Bankruptcy, Will Close Up To 1,200 Stores – CBS Pittsburgh

Walmart looks to remove all cashiers from stores | FOX 5 New York

Walmart says it is an attempt to see if checkout times are faster while limiting human interaction in the age of the coronavirus.

Workers will still be available to help customers who have trouble doing the checkout themselves.

Depending on the success of the test run, Walmart could expand the program to more stores.

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Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Experts Believe More Than One-Third Of Restaurants May Never Reopen – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The restaurant industry, one of the biggest employers in the region, is now facing dire consequences.

KDKA’s Paul Martino reports many restaurant experts believe more than a third of area eateries may close for good. Experts he’s spoken with believe as many as 20, 30 of even 40 percent of area restaurants are closing for good.

The restaurant industry had been decimated by the pandemic. Restaurants that have been around for decades, like Alexander’s in Bloomfield, won’t survive the pandemic.

(Photo Credit: Alexander’s Italian Bistro)

Thousands of servers, bartenders, chefs and more once worked at Pittsburgh-area restaurants. But not anymore. Long time restaurant owners like Ron Sofranko say many of those jobs aren’t coming back.

The other hard reality is that folks may not feel safe to go out and dine for a long time.

One other restaurant trend to watch for: many of them may be filing for bankruptcy to hold off their creditors during the pandemic.

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New Kensington Shop ‘n Save to close at the end of April | TribLIVE.com

A family-run Shop ’n Save in New Kensington is closing after about a decade in the city.

The grocery store in the Central City Plaza will close its doors for good April 30.

Co-owner Lauren Beter of New Kensington said the move is due to decreased sales the past few years, and not because of the covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s bittersweet because it’s not something that we necessarily wanted to do,” she said. “It wasn’t the path we started down on, but we weren’t able to make it work. Our lease is coming up, and we wrestled with renewing it for five years and couldn’t take the chance. It has nothing to do with the coronavirus. It’s just an awful coincidence.”

She said big box retailers like Walmart and other competitors have made it a very expensive challenge for mom-and-pop shops.

The New Kensington grocer was previously owned by Beter’s parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Beter of Lower Burrell.

Lauren and her brother, Elliot Beter, took ownership of it about five years ago.

Source: New Kensington Shop ‘n Save to close at the end of April | TribLIVE.com