BJ’s donates $1 million to COVID-19 relief, including hospitals


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Employees of BJ’s Wholesale Club will soon take home additional pay, the company announced Monday, March 23.

According to a statement, BJ’s will increase pay rates for all hourly workers by $2 for each hour worked starting today and going through at least April 12.

Managers and other key staff in stores and distribution centers will receive one-time bonuses valued from $500 to $1,000.

An employee relief fun called “Aisle Help” is also available for staff facing financial hardships as the world deals with coronavirus and its impacts.

BJ’s has also implemented several safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including temperature checks for team members. BJ’s also plans to supply employees with masks and gloves, as supplies permit. They will not supply N95 respirators, due to a shortage for healthcare workers.

BJ’s will also close its stores on Easter to give employees a chance to rest.

BJ’s has also put new measures in place for shoppers, including operational processes that encourage social distancing and capacity limits on stores. Beginning April 4, BJ’s limit shoppers to 20% of its stores’ capacity and, when possible, ask that only one family member per household come in to shop at a time.

The BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated $500,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts and will donate another $500,000 to support hospitals. BJ’s is also donating items to first responders, healthcare workers, and nonprofit organizations to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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