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NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of applicants came out to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to apply for one of the positions available at the new outlet mall.

Over 44 stores are looking to put more than 1,000 New Orleanians to work.

'How many times do you get to add a thousand new jobs to a city in one day?' said Mark Bulmash, the director of development.

Thousands of people filled the halls of the convention center in hopes of landing a new job. Over 1000 positions are open for the new Riverwalk outlet mall set to open downtown.

More than 40 stores are looking to fill everything from customer service to management, and people like Candace are ready to get back to work.

'You really have a chance. It is not like going online and filling out an application,' she said. 'You are actually talking directly to the managers and district managers, and they interview you on the spot.'

She's been out of work for a few months, and with a family to raise, she said any opportunity is a good opportunity.

After going through a dozen interviews, she is confident she'll have a job once the shops open.

'That will definitely mean a lot,' she said. 'It is more income and money coming in. You are able to do more things, especially if you have a family.

This move by the city is one of several aimed at increasing the city's workforce and adding more retail to the area.

The mayor's office says New Orleans has 30 percent less retail in the metro area compared to other cities its size.

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