1-800-Flowers.com Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204552624/composite FLWS +3.56% said Tuesday it plans to hire more than 8,000 seasonal employees for the holiday season, which will effectively nearly quadruple its workforce, the company said. The gourmet food and gift provider said hiring is already underway at its Harry & David, Cheryl's Cookies and The Popcorn Factory businesses, with seasonal positions including full-time and part-time positions. Most of the seasonal jobs are being offered in Illinois, Ohio and Oregon. The company said the seasonal employees may be considered for permanent positions once the holiday season concludes. The stock, which is still inactive in premarket trading, has tumbled 18.7% over the past three months while the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.60% has advanced 6.6%.