CHESAPEAKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), today announced the Company is rewarding its hourly-paid store and distribution center (DC) associates with wage premiums effective March 8, 2020, and continuing through at least April 4, 2020.
“In recent weeks, our store and distribution teams have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to their communities by continuing to serve local customers with essential products in their time of need,” stated Betty Click, Chief Human Resources Officer. “These premium payments to our teams are in recognition of, and appreciation for, their dedication and efforts to serving Dollar Tree and Family Dollar shoppers.”
For at least four weeks, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar will pay every hourly-paid store associate reporting to the store manager, and every hourly-paid DC associate, a $2.00 per hour premium for all hours worked during the period. This represents a reward of approximately $30 million being paid to the Company’s associates.
Additionally, effective today until further notice, in an effort to help protect the most vulnerable population during this pandemic, the Company is dedicating the stores’ first operational hours each day to at-risk customers, including senior citizens, individuals with preexisting health conditions, and pregnant women. The Company urges all other customers to begin their shopping trips at least one hour after the stores open.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar store teams also request that customers practice “social distancing” or limiting close contact as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Today’s announcements follow Company news communicated in the prior week that included the Company’s decision to close all stores at 8:00 p.m. local time, until further notice, for enhanced cleaning protocols following CDC recommended guidelines and to re-stock shelves with essential products, and secondly, the Company’s initiative to hire 25,000 associates for its stores and DCs.
Gary Philbin, Chief Executive Officer, added, “I want to thank each of our associates, in the 15,000-plus stores, 24 DCs and our store support center, for their incredible efforts during this unprecedented time. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores are committed to providing our customers in each of the neighborhoods we serve with safe and healthy environments while purchasing needed essentials at this critical time.”
About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 15,288 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of February 1, 2020. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.
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