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Topgolf to hire 450 hourly employees for facility near Brandon

Topgolf, which promises to make your slice off the tee more enjoyable when it opens its first Florida location near Brandon this December, has announced it is hiring more than 450 hourly workers for the 65,000-square-foot facility currently under construction at the corner of Interstate 75 and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway.

Applicants interested in working in the food and beverage, culinary, cleaning, maintenance or guest services departments should register for one of the many upcoming recruitment events.

Auditions begin Oct. 27 and candidates should be prepared for a unique and fun interview process that includes team-building challenges, one-on-one interviews and the chance to plan a special event for Topgolf and speak or perform for two minutes about a topic of their choice.

"Topgolf puts its own flair on the hiring and training process," Topgolf director of talent management Deslyn Douglas said in a prepared statement. "We take remarkable care in selecting our associates and equipping them with the information and tools they need to be successful. Of course, we make sure everyone has fun in the meantime."

With 13 locations serving more than 2.7 million guests annually, Topgolf offers competitive golfing games for all ages and skill levels and advanced technology to track players' shots. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot's accuracy and distance and award points for hitting targets on the outfield.

Those who just want to relax can enjoy the upscale, laid-back ambience that boasts more than 230 high-definition flat-screen televisions and an extensive food and beverage menu.

In February 2013, the County Commission voted 6-1 to approve a $6.25 million subsidy for road improvements to the Estuary shopping complex across from Westfield Brandon mall to bring Bass Pro Shops to the area. Small-business owners objected to local tax dollars going to an out-of-town big-box retailer, but commissioners called the expenditure a wise investment. Bass Pro is scheduled to open in spring 2015.

Topgolf is one of the other retailers the project expected to attract.

Contact Eric Vician at ericvician@yahoo.com.

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