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March 24, 2020

Lowes Foods, Albertsons Hiring Workers Laid Off from Restaurants, Other Jobs

Triad Business Journal: "Lowes Foods, headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, is targeting restaurant employees left jobless by the virus-induced closings in beefing up its workforce. In the past week or so, Triad grocers have struggled to keep stores increasingly sanitized and shelves well-stocked as shoppers deplete their inventories with hoarding and high-volume buying. Additional employees are needed for stocking shelves, sanitizing stores and filling online orders. Kelly Davis, marketing director at Lowes, said hiring laid off restaurant employees is an ideal fit. When restaurants re-open, the traffic at supermarkets should go down in accordance. Lowes stores get needed employees, and hospitality industry employees get needed temporary jobs."We're looking to hire people from restaurants and bars," Davis told Triad Business Journal on Monday. "When things get back to normal, they will be able to go back to their jobs. We're trying to think super-creatively""... MNB: "Albertsons announced yesterday that as it looks to hire some 30,000 people to address "critical needs" during the pandemic, it plans to partner with "major companies to provide part-time jobs to their employees who have been furloughed or had their hours cut." In other words, Albertsons is looking to hire laid off and furloughed employees from other companies, or those who have seen their hours reduced, to help it get through the crisis while simultaneously helping those people generate some income. The expectation on both sides is that these people will return to their previous employers once the crisis passes... Currently, Albertsons Cos. has secured partnerships with 17 companies, including ASM Global, BJ’s Restaurants, G6 Hospitality, Hilton, Inspire Brands,Marriott International, MGM Resorts, Regal Cinemas, and G6 Hospitality... At the same time, MarketWatch reports that CVS Health "is embarking on one of the most ambitious hiring drives in its history with plans to hire 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary workers -- and it has decided to tap directly into its customers’ workforces by taking on furloughed workers from the Marriott and Hilton hotel chains."The story notes that "taking on furloughed workers from its own customers will likely speed up the hiring process as those workers will have had background checks and met other requirements that employers seek."In addition, the Washington Post notes, CVS "will distribute one-time payouts of $150 to $500 to pharmacists, 'front line' health-care workers, store managers and associates, and 'other site-based hourly employees,' according to the release"...

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