Our departing GM leader is still here and he himself said that he doesn't know who's going to be filling his role. I mentioned all of this in my OP. That's why it helps to read and pay attention, sweetheart.Lol this sounds like such a crock of crap to get you to shut up about it. Don't you think if they already have the TM lined up for the front end position in which the leader hasn't even left yet that they'd have someone lined up for the position you want already too? Especially considering this person has already announced and maybe by now already gone?
The promoting in pairs sounds so idiotic I don't even know where to start. But I'll say this, what if there is one TL opening and no one leaves for a year or 2? Does that person just have to wait until there is another TL opening to get promoted?
If I were in your situation, I'd read between the lines and realize that I am not getting this position. If you are at the point in which you are in denial about every bit of feedback that everyone on this forum has given you, take it as a sign.
Take it all as a learning experience, just because you don't get this promotion doesn't mean you won't ever get one. Take the feedback and suggestions from everyone in this thread and use it to your advantage. Also don't throw hissy fits and throw equipment, if that's true you are lucky to have a job. I termed someone years ago for the exact same thing.
And yes, our store has let certain TL roles hang in the air for a while. Our third GM role (the one given to the 19 year old) was left unfilled for a while simply because nobody at our store expressed interest and our store doesn't approach TM's about roles. At our store, it's always on the basis of the TM making the first move.