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Lowe's plans to hire more than 65,000 employees in 2019

Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos. Inc. said Jan. 4 that it plans to hire more than 65,000 people in 2019 in a bid to improve customer service and product availability.

More than 50,000 of those positions will be seasonal.

Nearly 10,000 people will be hired permanently on the company's merchandising team. Lowe's will hire 6,000 people as assistant store managers and department supervisors in stores, while about 2,000 employees will be hired to fill technology roles.

"We are investing in key leadership positions across our stores to enhance customer service while also creating jobs that will improve the availability of our most popular products," said Marvin Ellison, Lowe's president and CEO.

Additionally, the company has reduced some in-store support functions to simplify operations, it said. Lowe's is discontinuing its project specialist interiors program as a part of that move, but will continue to provide installations for some items, including cabinets, countertops and flooring. The company will also maintain support for customers on exterior projects such as roofing, siding, fencing and windows.

Shares of Lowe's were up 3.19% to $94.09 in afternoon trading Jan. 4.