Kroger To Close 2 Long Beach Stores Following City-Mandated Pandemic Pay Increase

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The Kroger grocery store chain will close two of its stores in Long Beach, Calif., following a mandatory pay raise instituted by the Long Beach City Council last month.

The chain decided to close the stores after the Long Beach City Council in Southern California passed an ordinance requiring large grocery outlets to increase wages by $4 an hour due to the pandemic.

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