Kroger To Close More Stores Over Hazard Pay Laws
KROGER IS CLOSING TWO STORES IN SEATTLE RATHER THAN PAYING EMPLOYEES AN EXTRA MANDATED $4 AN HOUR IN HAZARD PAY
Cincinnati, OH (WXIX) – Kroger is closing two grocery stores in Seattle, instead of paying employees four dollars an hour in hazard pay.
City leaders began requiring grocery stores larger than 85,000 square feet to offer that extra pay earlier this month as COVID vaccines roll out slower than expected.
The QFC stores, which are owned by Kroger say they can’t afford it because operating costs have risen during the pandemic.
Critics point to Kroger’s corporate earnings to dispute that.
The nation’s largest grocer saw its profits double during the first three quarters of 2020 compared to the prior year.
Kroger also closed two stores in Long Beach, California earlier this month rather than give workers city mandated hazard pay there.