Grocery stores, pharmacies offering ‘hero pay’ for those working during pandemic

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Some grocery stores and pharmacies are offering more money to their employees who are working on the front lines.


Harris Teeter announced Wednesday that it has an Appreciation Hero Bonus, which gives all hourly workers in its retail, distribution center, dairy and corporate offices a $2 premium above what they’re normally paid. It applies to hours worked between April 1 and April 21.

CVS Pharmacy is following in the same footsteps. Those who work more than 10 hours a day during April will get bonuses. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 or must quarantine because of exposure get up to two weeks of continued pay.

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