The Container Store Coming to Cranston

CRANSTON, RI – CONTAIN YOURSELF! The Container Store, the nation’s originator and leading retailer of storage and organization products, will open in Cranston (Garden City Center) on Saturday, May 17th adding about 40 jobs to the local community. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online ( for a chance to work at one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For®.

The Cranston store will be our 66th store nationwide and our first location in the state of Rhode Island.

As part of our commitment to each of our local communities, we are thrilled that Crossroads Rhode Island will receive 10 percent of our new store’s Grand Opening Weekend sales. The mission of Crossroads Rhode Island is to help homeless or at-risk individuals and families secure stable homes.

If you’re not familiar with The Container Store, we actually created the storage and organization category of retail in 1978 when we opened our first store in Dallas. Since our inception, we have nurtured an employee-first culture coupled with a high-level of customer service and incredibly innovative products – all working together to help our customers save space and, ultimately, time. Who couldn’t use a little more of that? We want to improve the quality of life of our customers through the gift of organization and we’re excited to bring these elements to our new customers in Rhode Island.

Our commitment to open, transparent communication with our employees nationwide has further strengthened our “yummy” culture. In fact, our “Communication is Leadership” Foundation Principle is just one of the reasons we’ve been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For® for the past 15 years! And remember, we’re talking retail AND a great place to work in the same sentence!

We’re a company with heart and soul – not just another retail store. We believe that everyone involved with a business can thrive – all stakeholders – employees, customers, vendors, shareholders, the community! You can find out more about “What We Stand For” — our special way of doing business, our employee-first culture, our Foundation Principles™, devotion to Conscious Capitalism, and our commitment to the community — by visiting our blog, What We Stand For ( This interactive community features fun and inspiring videos, photos and blog entries on our special employee events, community projects and more.

Here are just a handful of additional highlights about The Container Store and what makes it such a special place to shop and to work:

Our 25,000 square foot store in Garden City Center will feature more than 10,000 multi-functional and innovative products that will solve everything from the smallest to the most intimidating organizational challenges.

Our products will be organized in 16 signature lifestyle departments such as closet, kitchen, office, travel, gift packaging and laundry, to organize our time-and space-starved customers.

No other retailer offers the depth and breadth of storage solutions that The Container Store does, including more than 300 food storage solutions, 750 organized office products, 45 types of laundry hampers, 170 styles of hooks, 70 styles of hangers – the list goes on!

We couple our one-of-a-kind product collection with an extremely high level of personalized customer service. The Container Store executes a solutions-based approach to retail that is liberated by a commitment to employee development and training. Each full-time salesperson receives more than 263 hours of training in their first year, compared to the retail industry average of seven to 10 hours.

Customers of our store in Garden City Center will be able to enjoy The Container Store’s FREE elfa® design services. The Container Store’s expert space and closet designers will be available every day to create customized storage and organization solutions for any area of the home or office. elfa, the foundation of any organized space, is the premiere storage system available in the market and has been The Container Store’s best-selling product since our debut in 1978.

We look forward to astonishing our new customers with our renowned service delivered by our great employees. Our goal? To have each and every customer doing a little dance every time they open the doors of their organized closet, pantry, home office or garage.

First and foremost, The Container Store looks for people who are enthusiastic about selling and have a passion for providing unparalleled service – retail experience is not a prerequisite. Rather, we prefer to have employees with a variety of work and life experiences who can enrich our customers’ shopping experiences with their intuition and creativity.

The Container Store pays its salespeople 50 to 100 percent higher than retail industry average. “A funny thing happens when you take the time to educate your employees, pay them well and treat them as equals. You end up with extremely motivated and enthusiastic people,” notes Kip Tindell, our Chairman and CEO We work to foster a corporate culture atypical in the retail industry and boast an average turnover rate of around 10% companywide versus an industry average of more than 100%.

For more information about careers, please visit us online at We are currently accepting applications for full- and part-time sales and merchandising positions, as well as coordinating group and one-on-one interviews.

Do you consider yourself a “Super Fan” of The Container Store or know someone who does? The Container Store is in search of its Rhode Island Super Fan! Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our Facebook page to leave a comment about why they are worthy of Super Fan status. The winner will receive recognition as the area Super Fan, gaining special access to the Grand Opening celebration which includes an invitation to the Private Preview Party, being first in line at the opening on Saturday, a Super Fan sash, crown, their very own Super Fan “tricked out” gold shopping cart, a box filled with product, a year subscription to Real Simple magazine and a $250 Store More Card.

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