KEASBEY, N.J.– Wakefern Food Corp. has rolled out two programs for its cooperative members’ retail store associates that provide a temporary wage premium and enhanced sick and leave benefits. The program would impact tens of thousands of dedicated associates working across ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite Marketplace, Dearborn Market and Gourmet Garage stores during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“Our associates have always been the heart and soul of our business and in the wake of this current crisis, we want to thank them, and their family members that support them, for the incredible commitment they are showing to our customers,” said Joe Colalillo, chairman and chief executive officer of Wakefern. “They work tirelessly on the frontlines to provide an essential service to our communities; we hope these steps will assist them with their immediate financial and health concerns.”
The temporary wage premium, that went into effect on Sunday, March 22, increases pay by $2.00 per hour. The enhanced sick leave and attendance policy will also assist associates with immediate financial and health concerns.
As a result of the dramatic increase in demand and volume across its stores, Wakefern and its members have kicked off a hiring push to fill a variety of positions across its warehouses and stores. The goal is to keep stores fully staffed during this challenging time and continue to provide the best possible customer service to shoppers and the communities where stores operate.