Expected traffic nightmares, so far, haven't materialized, as the Merrimack Premium Outlets job fair continues to draw a steady line of job seekers to Nashua Community College.
Organizers estimated about 1,200 people had come through by the time lunch hour was wrapping up.
The range of applicants is striking – from teenagers just old enough to work to retirees seeking part-time jobs to supplement their Social Security.
We even found a dad doing some legwork for his daughter, about to return from college and in need of a summer job.
"I'm just picking up applications for my daughter at the moment," said Rick Pearson, of Merrimack. His daugher, Aubrey, is a junior at Brigham Young University in Utah, majoring in dance. "I'm being told she can also go online for applications, too, but I think being here is an advantage."
Also helping out a daughter in need was Pam Bulow, whose daughter, Jessica, will finally be old enough to work in three weeks.
"She'll be turning 16, and starting to drive by the end of the month, so I thought, let's get her out there," Bulow said. "I expect in this economy she will have to compete with older, more experienced people. Our strategy is to hit the kinds of places where she has some interest in what they're selling. Right now she's over at Claire's, and after that, she'll hit the Oakley booth, because she's got some experience with athletics."
Simone Boyd and Irene Morin, both of Nashua, and both retired from their careers, had never met before. But both were seated together filling out applications for part-time work.
"I'm looking at places I'd like to work, like the Disney Store, because I have grandkids, and Heartstrings, because they sell childrens' clothing," said Boyd.
She said supplementing her retirement income would help ease her monthly budget.
Morin agreed with the idea of a supplemental income, but noted that working at the new outlet mall would probably present plenty of opportunities to spend whatever extra money she made working part time.
"I'd like a little part-time job just to get me out of the house," Morin said.
Both women agreed on something else: that the process of filling out applications for every store was tedious.
"I brought my resume hoping that I could hand that over and if anyone was interested, then I could come in and fill out an application," Boyd said. "This is time consuming, and a little repetitive."