Kansas City, Mo. – There are heroes rescuing others from these tough times. A South Kansas City grocery store is turning into a place of refuge, hiring laid-off employees from neighboring businesses. The Sunfresh Market on Holmes Road is a supermarket sanctuary, offering a paycheck to people in dire need. When neighboring restaurants in the Red Bridge Shopping Center began to layoff employees, Sunfresh started hiring them.
Most of those eateries have cut back to curbside pickup only, and with no need for a wait staff or extra kitchen help, they were forced to downsize their employee headcount. Sunfresh store director, Kathy Scott, said she’s grateful she’s able to hire them as temporary employees.
“I said, ‘We’ll put cash in everybody’s pockets,’” she recalled. Scott said she’s paying them $12 per hour, which is well above minimum wage. Scott asked that each of these temp employees wear their staff shirts, advertising the employer that promises to hire them back once the coronavirus concern passes.
“Just making sure everyone is coming home with a paycheck. They may be the only person in their household that’s working right now so they’re able to pay their bills,” Scott said Monday.