Coronavirus: Kroger announces ‘hero bonus’ to frontline workers

Kroger announces ‘hero bonus’ to frontline workers during coronavirus pandemic

CINCINNATI — Grocery store giant Kroger announced it will be awarding a “hero bonus” for frontline employees for hours worked from Sunday through April 18.

According to a news release, Kroger’s bonus will be an additional $2 per hour, added to the employee’s standard base pay.

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“We are so proud of our dedicated associates who are on the front lines serving our customers when they need us most,” Rodney McMullen, chairman of the Cincinnati-based grocery chain, said in the news release. "A huge thank you to all of our associates, whose efforts are nothing short of heroic.”

The latest raise comes after Kroger implemented a one-time bonus to associates, which will be paid out Thursday, the company said.

“Over these past few weeks, our associates from across the country have shown us the true meaning of the word hero,” Tim Massa, Kroger’s chief people officer, said in a video posted on Twitter. “You have been nothing short of extraordinary.”