With many Americans are following federal Covid-19 guidelines to stay at home and not gather in groups of more than 10, grocery stores are feeling the stress from increased demand for goods and having enough employees to keep stores cleaned, shelves stocked and customers satisfied. In the Southeast, Publix and Winn-Dixie are hiring new associates for stores and distribution centers. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores also are hiring new associates. Winn-Dixie and specialty retailer Doris Italian Market & Bakery are changing hours due to the national public health emergency. And in Georgia, electric utility Georgia Power is investing $1M to address impacts of the pandemic.
Publix hiring retail, distribution associates
Lakeland, Florida-based Publix is seeking to hire thousands of associates by the end of March to fill positions in its stores and distribution centers. The action is a result of increased demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We take pride in serving our communities during times of need and with the unprecedented demand we are experiencing, we’re in need of more associates to help across our operating area,” said Publix VP of Human Resources Marcy Benton. “We’re looking for people who have a desire to serve, are passionate about the food industry, are willing to work hard and ready to build a career at Publix.”
Various positions are available at stores throughout the company’s seven-state operating area and at nine distribution centers located in Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida; Lawrenceville, Georgia; and McCalla, Alabama. The company encourages submissions from people in service, manufacturing, warehousing and other industries who have recently found themselves unexpectedly without work. Interested individuals should fill out an online application at publix.jobs.
Publix is continually recognized as a great place to work and a leader in the supermarket industry. The company has never had a layoff and has a strong culture of promotion from within, community involvement and environmental sustainability. In addition to career advancement opportunities, Publix offers an array of benefits to help full- and part-time associates obtain healthcare, further their education, save for retirement and enjoy discounts on numerous products and services. Eligible Publix associates also benefit from being owners of the company through profit sharing in the employee stock ownership plan and stock purchase plan.
Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 200,000 associates, currently operates 1,243 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Reserved senior shopping hours: Beginning Tuesday, March 24, Publix stores and Publix Pharmacies will open early two mornings a week to allow seniors to shop ahead of the crowds. Customers age 65 and older will be allowed to shop 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Refunds: Publix is encouraging customers to purchase only what they need and not to stockpile. At this time, Publix is suspending refunds on products purchased during this declared emergency. It will continue to honor itsr Publix Guarantee for any products that do not meet our quality standards.
Reduced emails: At this time, Publix’s focus for email is providing customers critical information about store operations and hours. The current weekly ad is available at Publix.com. When the time is appropriate, normal email delivery will resume.
Doris Italian Market & Bakery announces new hours
Doris Italian Market & Bakery locations in Sunrise, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Boca Raton and North Palm Beach, Florida, have adjusted hours to accommodate employees who have been working longer hours to keep up with customer demand. In addition, Doris Italian Market & Bakery is hiring and those interested should inquire at individual locations.
The new hours starting Monday, March 23, are: Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
During off hours, the stores will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and the shelves restocked.
Doris Italian Market & Bakery has served generations of families in South Florida since 1947. Beginning as a small mom and pop meat market and deli in Hollywood, Florida, Doris Italian Market has evolved into a South Florida specialty supermarket featuring top quality fresh meats, authentic Italian-American deli, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood department with daily fresh offerings, Italian-American bakery with an assortment of goods baked daily, a complete catering service, a wine department featuring a collection of wines from around the world and gourmet specialty groceries.
The chain is currently comprised of five locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Winn-Dixie changing store hours, now hiring
Winn-Dixie is notifying customers of updates due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
All Winn-Dixie stores now will close at 8 p.m. This change will give associates the time needed to restock and ensure stores are able to conduct additional sanitation procedures.
The hours of 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday will continue to be dedicated to serving seniors and those most at risk.
Additionally, all pharmacy locations now will open at 8 a.m. on weekdays to provide prescription refills, influenza and pneumonia vaccines and customer counseling.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on hospitality and restaurant industries, Winn-Dixie “is hiring additional associates to be neighborhood heroes in serving customers and communities,” the company says.
Positions are being offered to individuals throughout the Southeast who have been affected by restricted working hours as a result of mandated store and restaurant closures.
Those interested in applying may visit their local Winn‑Dixie or apply online here. segrocers.com/careers.
Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to hire 25,000 associates
Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc., an operator of discount variety stores, plans to hire 25,000 full- and part-time associates at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores and distribution centers across the U.S.
“During this unprecedented time, our company is seeking 25,000 motivated individuals to support our stores and distribution centers as we provide essential products at great values to the communities we serve,” stated Betty Click, chief human resources officer. “Whether you are home unexpectedly or are just starting your career, we have a broad range of positions to fit your needs and availability.”
The open positions include full- and part-time managers at the company’s more than 15,000 store locations, along with flexible part-time shifts for cashiers and stockers. Positions in the company’s 24 distribution centers include order fillers, equipment operators and warehouse associates.
Along with a total rewards package, the company continues its commitment to ongoing training and talent development. With two brands, there are numerous opportunities for career growth. In 2019, nearly 28,000 associates were promoted into new positions within the organization.
“We are committed to serving our communities by providing customers with critical essentials, especially during times of uncertainty,” stated Gary Philbin, CEO. “Our teams at the stores, distribution centers and store support center have been dedicated and focused on maintaining safe and healthy environments for our associates and customers, while providing essential products at great values to the neighborhoods where we also live, work, and shop.”
For a full list of available positions or to apply online, visit www.DollarTree.com/careers or www.FamilyDollar.com/careers.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 15,288 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of Feb. 1. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada.
Georgia Power Foundation invests $1M to support state in Covid-19 recovery
The Georgia Power Foundation Inc. is investing $1 million in 2020 to support the state of Georgia in addressing the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. As Georgia Power continues to provide energy for its customers and works to ensure the safety and health of its employees, the company has recognized the strain the global health crisis has put on many families and individuals across the communities it serves.
“Our customers, communities and state are facing unique human and economic challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic. Georgia Power is committed to standing with our neighbors, just as we have for more than 135 years, as we see this challenge through together,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “This investment by our foundation is in addition to the $1.5 million that Georgia Power has already committed by way of partnerships such as Project Share to help meet the basic needs of those impacted.”
This investment will be focused on making an impact on:
- Food Insecurity: will be used to help address food insecurity across the state, including assessing needs and deploying funding to aid in relief efforts.
- Homelessness: will be focused on helping assess needs and develop a funding mechanism to support homeless shelters and clinics in coordination with the governor’s statewide task force subcommittee on homelessness.
- Displaced Workers Assistance: will be provided to assist community foundations and established non-profit partners in establishing a statewide collective effort to help provide emergency assistance to displaced workers.
In light of the pandemic and related shutdowns that have affected families across Georgia, the company announced recently that it would suspend residential disconnections beginning Saturday, March 14, for 30 days. Georgia Power will re-evaluate the decision and time frame as the situation develops.
The company also partners with nonprofits, as well as community and faith-based organizations to offer assistance programs to those in need throughout the year.
The Georgia Power Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the fourth-largest corporate giving foundation in Georgia.