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(Alexandra Kidwell was hired by Pizza Hut after losing her
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SPOKANE, Wash. – Just days ago, they were competitors.  Now former employees of Papa John's are finding work at Pizza Hut after losing their jobs on Monday.

Papa John's franchises in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene closed their doors on Monday leaving dozens without work. Managers at Pizza Hut saw the closure as an opportunity to hire new employees.

"They understand what we do," said Steve Abigail, Regional Manager of Pizza Hut in Spokane.  "They understand the pizza business."

Abigail says his company has already interviewed a half-dozen former employees of Papa John's and has hired at least one.

Pizza Hut has scheduled a job fair for Wednesday, February 3 to interview more candidates.  Abigail hopes to hire at least 40 employees after the job fair next week.

Alexandra Kidwell was hired by Pizza Hut after losing her job at Papa John's. The 17-year-old started training on Thursday after being unemployed for three days.

"Everyone was just nervous and stressed and worried," she said. "Its good just to know there's a big light at the end of the tunnel and we're all just kind of going there and getting it all worked out for the better."

Those interested in attending the Pizza Hut job fair should take a resume to the Red Lion River Inn from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3.

The company says they are hiring managers and associates. Anyone is welcome to attend the job fair, but Abigail says candidates with experience in the pizza industry will be given preference for interviews.

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