Natural Grocers, with 157 stores across 20 states, last week announced a $1 per hour raise for all hourly staff members starting the March 23 pay period along with a discretionary bonus to all staff, in part to show the company’s gratitude in their handling of the frenzied shopping and demands that arose in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff also are privy to two weeks paid leave for those who need time off along with other benefits.
“We are living and working in extraordinary times and the news regarding the coronavirus pandemic is confusing, worrying and unfortunately driving uncertainty and fear. During these times, it is even more important that we support each other and acknowledge each other for being there for our communities and each other,” said evp Heather Isely. “As this crisis continues to unfold, we are using our Five Founding Principles to guide us as we navigate how to serve the public and our Crew and one of our Five Founding Principles is our Commitment to our good4u Crew. We greatly appreciate the hard and dedicated work that our teams have put in over the last weeks.”
Previously Natural Grocers announced company updates, which include:
- All 157 Natural Grocers stores will be closing at 7:35 p.m., until further notice, so that staff can restock and thoroughly clean their stores. All stores will open at their normal posted times. These new closing hours will remain in effect until further notice.
- Actively hiring temporary full-time stocking and cleaning positions at all 157 stores, located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. To apply for the temporary stocking and cleaning positions, visit www.naturalgrocers.com/temp-work or Text “GROW” to 97211 to talk with a recruiter.
- Providing up to 2 weeks of paid leave to all staff (both full-time and part-time) if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they are placed under mandatory quarantine by public health authorities.
- Additional pay replacement may be provided for up to an additional 12 weeks under Natural Grocers short-term disability benefit, if a Crew member is unable to return to work after the initial 2 weeks.
To locate the closest Natural Grocers store, visit the store directory. For customers who may be feeling ill, home delivery is available at most Natural Grocers locations through Instacart.