Ocean State Job Lot CEO Marc Perlman, announced today the discount chain has given a $2 hourly pay increase to workers at its stores - which include several locations in Boston suburbs - and added a surcharge to its prices for customers who think the workers deserve a bonus for continuing to work on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic:
We have increased their pay $2 per hour, they can purchase anything in our store at 30% off, and we are adding a 2% surcharge on all merchandise sold, all which will be paid to our store associates as a bonus. You may decline to pay this 2% surcharge if you choose.
While we continue to sell food, gloves, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectants and sanitizers, and other essentials, we will not be selling any surgical or N95 masks in our stores. Using the $250,000 we’ve already donated, and the dollars you are contributing at our registers, we are purchasing over one million of these masks. One hundred percent of them will be donated to hospitals and first responders to help save their lives, so they can help save ours.
The chain has also adjusted its hours:
We are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our stores are also hosting a shopping hour for those at higher risk, including customers ages 60+, every Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.