Two California grocery stores close doors over city ‘hero pay’ mandate

Two Kroger stores saw their last days of business on Saturday due to the company’s decision to close the locations rather than add $4 to workers’ hourly wages in compliance with the city’s “hero pay” ordinance.

The Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores also announced in February that they would be closing after Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia signed the Premium Pay for Grocery Workers Ordinance on Jan. 20, which requires stores that employ 300 or more grocery workers nationally and more than 15 employees per store in Long Beach to pay the workers an additional $4 per hour for working during the coronavirus pandemic.

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