A lot of people would "luv" to be a Southwest Airlines flight attendant.
On Monday, Southwest began accepting flight attendant applications in the careers section of its website. So many people tried to submit an application that that part of the Dallas-based carrier's website went down.
"The pipeline was full," Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said about the website's crash. "The num- ber of people trying to utilize those pipelines was unprecedented."
Several people complained that they tried for hours to send Southwest their résumés, so the carrier reopened the flight attendant position post for a little more than an hour Wednesday.
In a message on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, Southwest said it was reviewing 1,200 applications for 200 positions.
"We are humbled by the overwhelming interest in our flight attendant position," the message said. "Because we have not posted this position externally since early 2008, we had an unprecedented number of people trying to apply and we can only take so many applications at one time."
The message went on to say that the carrier interviews every qualified applicant, so it "simply can't keep a position open indefinitely."
Southwest also apologized to those who were unable to submit an application online.
King said the airline did not advertise the flight attendant position on its website. Instead, it sent an internal message to employees, telling them that if they had friends or relatives who wanted to join Southwest that the flight attendant jobs would be open Monday.
Southwest has said it plans to boost its network capacity by 5 to 6 percent this year and will add thousands of employees if its acquisition of AirTran Airways is approved by government regulators.
Texas Appliance store buys building in Hurst
Arlington-based Texas Appliance & Builders Supply has bought a building along Airport Freeway in Hurst, where it plans its third store.
The retailer bought the 71,000-square-foot Syms Corp. building at 840 Airport Freeway. Texas Appliance will use 26,500 square feet of the building, leaving the remaining 44,500 square feet for lease.
In 2009, Texas Appliance acquired the former Park Row Lighting building at 1500 E. Interstate 20, where it opened a 41,224-square-foot store. About 15,000 square feet is used as a showroom, with the remainder for warehouse and distribution.
Bill Adams and Craig Keesee bought Texas Appliance in 2007. The company, which dates to the 1950s, also operates a 15,000-square-foot showroom at 3401 W. Pioneer Parkway.
Richard Polishuk and Christopher Walker with the Weitzman Group represented Syms Corp. Doug Jennings with the William C. Jennings Co. represented Texas Appliance.
Southwest Bank gains preferred-lender title
Southwest Bank, which has 10 banking centers in North Texas, has been approved for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Preferred Lender and Certified Lender programs.
The preferred lender status, the higher ranking, allows the bank to shorten the amount of time it takes to review, process and approve small-business loans.
Preferred lender status is granted to SBA's top-tier lenders and grants Southwest Bank delegated underwriting and approval authority.
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