2 California supermarkets to close after city mandates coronavirus wage bump

Two grocery stores in Long Beach will close in April in response to the City Council’s recent vote to mandate extra pay for grocery workers amid the pandemic — and grocers warned the trend may continue in other cities that consider similar policies.

The Kroger Co., which owns Ralphs and Food 4 Less, announced Monday, Feb. 1, that it will close a Ralphs in East Long Beach, 3380 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, and a Food 4 Less in North Long Beach, 2185 E. South St., on April 17.

“As a result of the City of Long Beach’s decision to pass an ordinance mandating Extra Pay for grocery workers, we

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