Kroger Closing More Stores Due To Seattle’s Mandated ‘Hazard Pay’ For Workers

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the United States, is closing two stores in Seattle, Washington due to the city’s mandated hazard pay for workers.

Seattle recently joined several other West Coast cities in passing hazard-pay laws that require grocery stores to pay workers an extra $4 an hour, even though there hasn’t been any indication that the coronavirus has swept through grocery stores despite remaining open throughout the pandemic. CNN reported that Seattle’s hazard pay law relates to grocery stores over 85,000 square feet, which are required to pay workers the additional sum per hour.

The two stores being closed are part of Kroger’s QFC brand, which the company said will close in April.

“Unfortunately, Seattle City Council didn’t consider that grocery stores — even in a pandemic — operate on razor-thin profit margins in a very competitive landscape,” QFC said in a press release this week. A spokesperson for the grocery chain told Business Journal that the

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