For Immediate Release

Company Stands Alone among Grocers in Providing Uninterrupted Hazard Pay at All 204 Stores and Three Distribution Centers in California and Northern Nevada

MODESTO, CA – March 15, 2021 — Today marks the one-year anniversary of recognizing and compensating its frontline store and distribution center employees with weekly hazard pay and other COVID-19 related benefits without interruption, continuing its “Employees First” commitment and prioritizing their safety and well-being.

Starting in March 2020, The Save Mart Companies began providing weekly hazard pay for all hourly frontline employees across all three banners – Lucky/Lucky California, FoodMaxx and Save Mart — and at their distribution centers, encompassing approximately 16,000 workers in California and Northern Nevada. It is the only grocery chain that has provided uninterrupted hazard pay and other COVID-19 related benefits since the pandemic onset.

“Our stores would not operate without the dedication of our frontline store and distribution center employees and we are enormously humbled and grateful for their resilience and adaptability,” said Hal Levitt, senior vice president of retail operations and supply chain for The Save Mart Companies. “And with the vaccine eligibility expanding to include grocery workers, we have also instituted flexibility and paid time off as needed for employees who elect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”

To protect both frontline employees and customers, throughout the pandemic The Save Mart Companies has strictly enforced stringent health and safety protocols in all 204 Save Mart, Lucky/Lucky California, and FoodMaxx stores including:

  • Implementing a sick-leave bank to account for extended leaves due to COVID-19 and paid leave to accommodate child-care.
  • Providing employees with face coverings, hand sanitizer and gloves.
  • Requiring employees and customers to wear face coverings when in its stores.
  • Installing Plexiglas shields at all full-service check stands (front and rear-facing), self-service check stands, bakery, deli, and pharmacy counters.
  • Social distancing measures in place, including floor decals and customer capacity limits to allow for 6-foot social distancing.
  • Conducting wellness checks at the beginning of each shift.
  • Increasing frequency and intensity of surface cleaning and disinfecting, including check stands, shopping carts, high touchpoint areas, and employee common areas.

About The Save Mart Companies
The Save Mart Companies operates 204 stores throughout California and Northern Nevada under the banners of FoodMaxx, Lucky and Save Mart. The Save Mart Companies is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products to communities throughout California and Northern Nevada. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop and the Sunnyside Farms dairy processing plant in Turlock. For more information on the company, please visit:

About Save Mart
With a storied legacy of agricultural expertise in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart stores are located in California and Northern Nevada and benefits from longstanding partnerships with local producers and purveyors who help ensure all 82 stores are stocked with fresh, competitively priced products every day.

About Lucky and Lucky/California
With 68 locations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, Lucky and Lucky California provide guests with diverse and eclectic flavors of California and the Bay Area, while still offering exceptional value throughout the store.

About FoodMaxx
The 53 FoodMaxx locations throughout the Bay Area and the Central Valley are proudly no-frills, bag-your-own-groceries, warehouse-style stores that thrive on consistently bringing customers the best deals in town on everything from staples to well-known brands and private-label products.



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