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Ingles' stores need 5,000 additional workers

Ingles Markets chairman Robert Ingle says the Asheville, NC-based company will offer bonuses to current employees and begin hiring up to 5,000 new employees to provide some relief to current associates and allow the chaing to continue to focus on serving our customers while maintaining our cleaning standards during the COVID-19 crisis.

“During the COVID-19 crisis, the safety of our customers and our associates is our highest priority. We understand our important role in providing food, medicine and other products to our customers. We are incredibly proud of how our associates have stepped up to the challenge to serve our local communities during this difficult time,” Ingle said.

The company said the action was necessary to ensure stores and distribution center operation have the support they need.

Ingles also said the company had implemented a paid, Two-Week COVID-19 Leave Program for associates who test positive, modified their sick pay policy, and enhanced their medical plan to provide covered members with additional benefits.

Ingles Markets will provide a one-time bonus payment of $300 to full-time and $150 to part-time active retail, distribution, and corporate associates who were hired prior to March 1, 2020. The bonus payment will be made on or before April 23, 2020.

“Our hard-working associates are truly heroes. We are proud of their dedication and support during this unprecedented time,” said Ingle

Ingles Markets operates more than 200 stores in six southeastern states.