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H-E-B carts out employee pay raise during COVID-19 panic

H-E-B carts out employee pay raise during COVID-19 panic

H-E-B grocery store pharmacy exterior
H-E-B is carting out temporary pay raises of $2 more an hour.  H-E-B/Facebook

H-E-B, the San Antonio-based grocery chain that’s been at the forefront of helping Texans cope with the coronavirus pandemic, is temporarily bumping up pay for hourly employees by $2 an hour.

The “Texas Proud Pay” raise for hourly store, manufacturing, warehouse, and transportation employees is effective March 16 to April 12, H-E-B announced March 20 on Facebook and Twitter. The company says it’s giving the pay raise “to recognize their hard work and thank them for their commitment as they help serve our customers & communities.”

“Texans rely on H-E-B and we rely on our great Partners,” the company said. “We understand it is our responsibility to provide essential services to our customers during a time when so many other businesses have not been able to stay open or have had to scale back operations significantly.”

In the past few weeks, shoppers have flooded H-E-B stores to stock up on items like milk, bread, meat, and toilet paper. To help meet the stepped-up demand, H-E-B continues to add temporary employees. In addition, it’s offering free next-day curbside pickup at stores that already offered the service as well as $5 home deliveries, and it has imposed purchase limits on certain products and has altered store hours.

“H-E-B Partners come together during times of crisis to take care of each other and our Customers,” the grocery chain said. “This is the Spirit of H-E-B.”