There’s just no reason at for low wage workers to return to work in New Jersey as many are getting state unemployment insurance, plus an extra $300 per week to stay home.
That is now affecting one of the state’s larges convenience store chains, Wawa who said they will have to close some stores while they seek out new employees and train them.
“Wawa may temporarily close or reduce hours of operation at a store for a number of reasons, including operational challenges or staffing,” the company said in a statement. “At times we will consolidate operations with smaller stores to support larger fuel stores.”
The company did not say which stores will be affected, but did say smaller stores without gas facilities will likely be the ones to be affected.
Wawa now has plans to hire 5,000 employees in the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida over the next three months. People who start between March 29th and June 15th may also be eligible for $500 signing bonus and the company is offering a $300 bonus to employees who get their COVID-19 vaccination.