By artificially mandating wages for grocery store employees, city officials are not doing workers any favors. The pandemic has already added extra operational costs to businesses that must be paid to keep customers safe. New minimum wage requirements increase labor prices substantially for grocery chains, and companies have been forced to make big adjustments due to their very slim profit margins.
As mandated wage premiums for grocery store workers are spreading, so too is the news of store closings that are following these increases. In Seattle, a Kroger-owned supermarket chain named Quality Food Centers (QFC) announced it would be closing two of its locations in response to the new ordinance.
You can read the entire op-ed at the Town Hall.