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ATLANTA -- Toys R Us is gearing up for what the company hopes will be a strong holiday shopping season and will hire 45,000 seasonal workers nationwide - about 5,000 more workers than last year, reports CNN.

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The toy retailer joins a growing list of companies who plan to hire a large number of workers for the holiday season.

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Target said last week it plans to hire 80,000 to 90,000 workers for the holidays.

And Kohl'ssaid last week it would hire 52,700 employeesfor the holiday season.

On Monday, Walmart Stores Inc. announced it plans to give current workers the chance to work more hours. Also Walmartwill hire more than 50,000 seasonal employeesas it gets ready for the winter holiday season.