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.

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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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