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Grocery's Shining Moment

By: Robin Thuringer, Corporate Marketing Director

For me, March ushers back in the hope and excitement last felt over the holidays.  January and February can be tough to weather through in Chicago (literally and figuratively) but the promise of green beer, college basketball and the echo of “play ball" always pull me through.

I will surely remember this time for what was taken from me but as the weeks roll on and I am bucked from my normal routines, I have found myself with an abundance of gratitude for something I surely took for granted – the grocery store.

Grocery stores are the pillar of our communities, so ingrained in our lives that we often look past the vital role they play in our shopping centers and in our homes, truly anchoring us.

Grocery stores across the country have stepped up when we needed them most. Like the old friend you can always count on, our local grocers have been the backbone of this pandemic, there for us when the doors were forced closed elsewhere. Shelves being stocked around the clock, special hours to accommodate our most vulnerable populations, and selfless individuals risking their own well-being so perhaps one portion of our lives can remain uninterrupted.

With the increased demand placed on the grocery segment, Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, announced it was looking to hire 150,000 additional employees in its stores and warehouses through the end of May. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. looks to add 10,000 to its workforce. Regional chains are also following suit. The jobs created during this time may possibly provide some salvage for our beloved restaurant and service industry workers who no doubt long to be back serving their favorite patrons – but are happy to lend a hand where needed most.

While we all anxiously await the day for the proverbial “all clear”, may we savor the slowness of our evenings and enjoy the gone but not forgotten tradition of gathering around the table for family dinner.

And perhaps when you pay a visit to your local grocer this week, pass along an overdue “thank you” to your hard-working neighbor at check out.  

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