Kroger will host a hiring event with a special focus on veterans in stores across East Tennessee from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Job seekers can apply online and visit a store during the event hours to get information about job opportunities with the nationwide retailer. No appointment is necessary.

All interested candidates are welcome, but Kroger says it especially encourages veterans and military family members to apply in honor of Veterans Day on Friday.

Kroger hired more than 7,000 veterans company-wide in 2015.

More than 130 jobs are available in Kroger locations in the Knoxville area.

Check out Kroger's "mobile apply" to apply on a smartphone or tablet before attending the event.