A Los Angeles coalition of community leaders plan to file an injunction to block the mega grocery store chain Kroger from closing a South LA Ralphs store. In March, the chain announced the underperforming Hyde Park location — along with two other stores in Hollywood and West LA — will close May 15. The store closures also coincide with a temporary $5 per hour “hero pay” increase passed by the LA City Council and Board of Supervisors in February.
The Ralphs is stationed on the corner of West Slauson and Crenshaw, and the closure could lead to a negative impact to the surrounding Hyde Park community. There’s a lack of other robust grocery operations in the immediate area.
Since January, city councils throughout California have passed temporary “hero pay” ordinances, including LA, Montebello, and Long Beach. The mandated pay increases are designed to compensate grocery workers for essential work during the pandemic, and range from $4 to $5 per hour over a 120 day period. Since these pay increases passed in 2021, labor leaders, grocery chains, community groups, and workers have wondered whether “hero pay” is to blame for the dual shutters, or is Kroger using the ordinance as a scapegoat for planned closures in a crowded market — while keeping worker pay low.
KNX News reports the protesting group includes a coalition of civil rights, community, and labor groups, including the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of SoCal, and Baptist Ministers Conference of SoCal.
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