While the nation still feels the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, southern California grocer Stater Bros. Markets is extending its hourly wage incentive for frontline workers for the fourth time.
Stater Bros. said Friday that its $ 2 salary bonus would continue until June 14 for all the time worked by hourly workers in stores, distribution facilities, corporate offices and transportation and construction operations.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Stater Bros. family worked hard to meet the needs of buyers in southern California,” said CEO Pete Van Helden in a statement. “I am extremely proud of the commitment and dedication of our employees on a daily basis and this salary incentive recognizes their tireless efforts.”
Stater Bros. instituted an additional hourly wage of $ 2 an hour in March, and plans to offer the March 23 incentive for the next four weeks. “Our employees are determined to help our community during this difficult time,” said Van Helden. “They work long hours, and some have even lost their vacations and days off to be there for our customers.”
Then, in April, the supermarket chain in San Bernardino, California, then announced two extensions of the COVID-19 incentive bonus, first to May 3 and then to May 17. efforts of our employees, who continue to intensify their efforts to ensure that service to our valued customers remains uninterrupted. This was followed on May 12 with the announcement of a further extension, until May 31.
In total, Stater Bros. has more than 18,000 employees and operates 169 supermarkets in southern California.
From mid-March to the end of March, the retailer changed the opening hours of its stores from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to account for the additional cleaning of the store in the replenishment of stocks necessary to meet security and increased demand with the escalation of the pandemic. The company also designed an exclusive shopping hour for seniors, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day.
With restrictions relaxing in the state, Stater Bros. has extended its shopping hours between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. every day, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays reserved for the elderly.