Foodland says employees’ day off Sunday will not be paid
Foodland Super Market Ltd. clarified today that employees will not be paid for the day off the company provides for Sunday.
On Wednesday, the company said it will close all of its Foodland and Sack N Save stores in Hawaii on Sunday to thank company employees for working through the holiday season and the pandemic.
The company said its employees, who number more than 3,400, received the news earlier this week as a surprise. Typically, the only day Foodland is closed each year is Christmas Day, December 25, which fell on a Saturday last year.
After some negative reactions to Wednesday’s announcement, Foodland today clarified that the shutdown was not a paid day off for employees.
“Our decision to close Sunday was made in an effort to honor and thank our employees with a day of rest during what is typically one of our busiest days of the week,” Foodland said in a statement. . “We chose Sunday – and a Sunday shortly after the holiday season – because with everything going on in our community, the holidays have been particularly trying for our team this year with staff issues, shortages of products, weathering and more. “
Foodland continued, “To ensure that our hourly employees receive the hours they normally work, we have made it possible for them to work other days. So although the business will lose sales due to the shutdown, we are not reducing working hours despite the significant cost to us. The response from our employees has been overwhelmingly positive and we are grateful that so many of them appreciated this closure the way it was intended… as a gift to them.
It is the only Sunday scheduled for closing, with no more in the future, according to spokesperson Sheryl Toda.
Although the company, like others, faced challenges including staff shortages and supply chain issues, she said that was not what prompted the shutdown.
All dining, dining, and dining venues located inside a Foodland store, including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, HI Steaks, Mahi’ai Table (Ka Makana Ali’i), et al. (Kahala MKT.), ELEVEN and The Bar (Foodland Farms Ala Moana) and Pau Hana Bar (Foodland Farms Pearl City) will also be closed on Sunday.
Foodland thanked customers for their support and understanding, and asking them to plan ahead for the closure.
Foodland has 31 Foodland and Sack N Save stores statewide. The stores are expected to reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday.
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Wednesday and has since been updated with comments from Foodland.