AMC’s hiring spree preceded Carmike merger approval

In his first year as CEO of AMC Entertainment, Adam Aron has been on more than a merger spree. He’s been busy hiring.

The company’s Leawood, Kansas, headquarters quietly added about 125 employees since the start of this year, when Aron took the reins. Its home office head count grew to about 600 from 475, and Aron said an additional 25 to 50 jobs remain to be filled by June.

AMC needs more hands because it just got the final federal clearance to buy rival chain Carmike Cinemas for $1.2 billion.

Federal anti-trust officials cleared AMC’s purchase of Carmike this week. Combined, the merged network of 661 theaters ranks as the largest in the United States, surpassing Regal Entertainment Group.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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