H-E-B announces $2 pay increase for all hourly employees through April 12

Increase is recognition for hard work during pandemic

H-E-B Partner (H-E-B)

SAN ANTONIOH-E-B has announced a $2 an hour pay increase for all hourly store, manufacturing and warehouse employees as well as transportation partners in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pay increase is a recognition of employees’ hard work in recent weeks and will be effective March 16 through April 12.

Consumers have been rushing to H-E-B and clearing shelves despite H-E-B officials mutliple assurances that there is no need to panic-buy items.

Customers have expressed concern after seeing empty shelves at stores, but H-E-B officials say their warehouse is full, and they’re restocking the store shelves daily.

H-E-B ‘working around the clock to stock as much as we possibly can,' store says

H-E-B Partners come together during times of crisis to take care of each other and our Customers. This is the Spirit of H-E-B,” a post on the Texas grocer’s Facebook page reads in part. “Texans rely on H-E-B and we rely on our great Partners.”

Nearly 1,300 trucks continuously supply H-E-B stores daily and video shows the Texas grocer has plenty of merchandise.

H-E-B also announced on Friday the Senior Support Line, a new delivery program to support older customers.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.