Extension of Hero Pay Through May

It has been a rollercoaster of a ride since late February. One that has not been thrilling but more of a “Oh please, can I get off this thing now!” type of ride. However, there are things that we are proud of and that have made the experience a little less frightful, a little less depressing. We are especially proud of how our good4u Crew has handled this global crisis. They are amazing. They are truly heroes in aprons and face masks, stepping up to every challenge and handling it with a smile and a positive attitude. The hard work that they put in every day and their dedication have made it possible for Natural Grocers to continue to provide our neighbors, our communities and our loved ones with healthy foods, dietary supplements, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other essential items that are needed now more than ever.

 

Together we are strong and together we will thrive. We are rooted in health, rooted in our commitment to our communities and each other and our roots are deep and strong. Nourished by the caring we show each other.

 

But we are not at the end of the journey through this pandemic. Most of the states we do business in are making plans and rolling out new policies to replace their shelter in place policies. This is, of-course, going to bring more change, and we will continue to navigate our way through these changes together. It will be a day-by-day, sometimes, moment-by-moment adaptation until the pandemic is over and the world returns to a semblance of normal. Just like you, we are not sure what normal will look like, but we will face that together as well, rooted in our founding principles and gratitude for each other.

 

We are pleased to announce that we will extend the $2 per hour hero pay increase for our hourly store, bulk repack production and warehouse Crew through May 31st. $1 per hour worked will be paid as a temporary bonus through that date. The other $1 per hour will be permanent beyond the 31st. We know that half of this as a permanent increase is not what any others have done or are doing, but our Crew and Natural Grocers have always done things differently as we look to our founding principles and do things the healthy and caring way. This crisis will not last forever, but our Crew members have been, and will remain, heroes and deserve to be recognized for their service to the community even after the crisis of the moment has passed. This permanent $1/hour increase is our way of showing that our appreciation for all that they have done during this crisis continues beyond the end of the pandemic, and it will be a reminder of how we made it through these times together. When we celebrate our Crew members as every day heroes, we mean it!

 

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.

 

The Isely Family