Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Back To Work (In Retail) Men Go

By Michelle Durham

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more men are back at work, but in different positions. Instead of construction, you’ll find more of the guys in retail or other positions traditionally held by women.

“It is kind of fun,” says Oscar Martinez Jr. the manager of the Lane Bryant store in the King of Prussia Mall. “I’ve been working in retail forever. It’s always been in specialty with females and I’ve always enjoyed working with the female clientele.”

Reporter: “What drew you to retail?”

Martinez: “It was the first place I was employed. A guy looking for work, a retail job hired me and I’ve been here ever since.”

Jen shops in Oscar’s store often and she appreciated having a male perspective on clothing before she buys it. “I think it’s way better than a woman. Everybody needs a male friend to help them pick out stuff!”

For his part, Oscar saw something that startled him this summer: “I saw a lady driving a bulldozer and I said, ‘what the heck is going on here? She was so natural behind the wheel!'”

Reporter: “Just as natural as you are in a retail store!”

Martinez: “Correct!”

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  • Michael Jay

    Unfortuanatly there is really no money in retail jobs. I started in retail at 14 years old. I started in retail management with a national chain a couple years later. I worked my way to owner of my own retail business. Just for fun, after selling my retail shop, I applied for a job at that same national retail chain store I started in. I was offered less per hour than I made when I started there as a teenager 28 years ago. I had to start a new online business to give myself a half decent new job. A position in retail no longer offers the respect or the pay to raise a family unless your an owner. And even then, with this economy and online sales taking over B&M retail, there is little room for a career in retail unless you have a spouse making an executive size salary to fall back on!

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