WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – School is officially out for the summer in Wilmington, so many students are looking for jobs.
One man who knows all about that is Jimmy Branch, who owns four Rita's Italian Ice franchises in Wilmington.
Since Rita's sells the most in the summer, Branch does most of his hiring during the warmer months.
This year, he said he has already received 600 applications.
"It is a fun place to work," said Branch. "It's seasonal. Lots of kids have too much work to do during the school year, so they're off for the summer. This is exactly when we need them, so it works out well."
Sherry Voudouris is a UNCW student who works at the Wrightsville Beach Rita's.
In years past, she said she has returned home for her summers, but this year, she is staying in town to work.
"This is my first summer staying," said Voudoris. "My parents aren't too happy about it, but I would much rather be at the beach for the summer, not in Hickory, North Carolina."
Down the street from Rita's is Sweetwater Surf Shop.
Sweetwater Manager, Jason Baysden, said he too hires a lot of students from the Wilmington area for summer employment.
He said he has already received well over 100 applications this year.
"A lot of kids from Hoggard," said Baysden. A few kids from Laney. Lots of UNCW kids. And I'd say probably two-thirds of the kids we hire are local kids who start when they're in high school and continue through college, whether it's UNCW or they go off to Chapel Hill or State for the school year and then come back for the summer."
Both Branch and Baysden said they have already hired more help this year than they have in years past.
They both said they anticipate good business this summer.