ST PETERSBURG, Fla (TBO.com)- More than 100 people stood in line in front of a plaza on 22nd Street South on Monday morning. Some wore jeans and T-shirts, others dressed in business suits. They were waiting to fill out applications for at least 95 job openings an incoming Walmart Neighborhood Store is expected to bring to the area surrounding Tangerine Plaza, the strip mall it will soon inhabit.
Mayor Bill Foster, former mayor Rick Baker and State Representative Darryl Rouson were among elected officials who came to herald the opening of the job application center. To many who stood in line, the lack of jobs in Midtown meant even the lowest wage job openings were a welcome site.