Casey’s announced Friday that it is planning to add 5,000 employees in the 16 states where it operates.

Also Friday, Lowe’s, anticipating a summer surge in business as Iowans plant gardens and launch home improvement projects, said it was preparing to hire for more than 130 positions in the Des Moines metro and Ames — part of a drive to hire 50,000 additional workers nationally.

Casey’s said in a news release that it will hold open interviews from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 13 at its 2,300 stores, not only for retail positions but for workers and drivers at its distribution center at its Ankeny headquarters.

It said applications also may be made online at or by texting TEAM to 227397.

Lowes said in its news release that its local hiring day will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 at the two West Des Moines Lowe’s locations — 450 S. Jordan Creek Pkwy. and 1700 50th St. — and at the Ames store at 120 Airport Road. Open positions include cashiers, drivers, stockers and receivers and supervisors, both full-time and part-time, the home improvement giant said.