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Monday, May 27, 2024

Best Buy offering employees full pay while store is repaired in exchange for volunteer efforts

Lots of retail and hospitality industry workers around the region are suffering from a loss of wages due to Hurricane Florence, but at Best Buy employees are being paid for their own volunteer hours.

Best Buy in Wilmington suffered significant damage during Hurricane Florence (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
Best Buy in Wilmington suffered significant damage during Hurricane Florence. (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

WILMINGTON — Hurricane Florence took its toll on local stores in the area prompting the closure of several businesses — Best Buy in Wilmington was one of the affected stores having had significant water damage after its roof was damaged. For most stores, if a location closes employees are not able to work and therefore unable to get paid, but employees working for the electronics retailer are being offered a chance to get paid, and help the community.

Best Buy spokeswoman Katie Huggins said that employees that are unable to work because of the storm damage are not going to go without, instead, employees can volunteer locally – as well as at other stores in the region and the company will compensate them.

“Best Buy is paying its employees in full for their disaster relief efforts in the community while the Wilmington store is closed. In addition, employees affected by federally declared disasters are also eligible for relief funds from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation,” Huggins said.

It’s not just corporate that is helping employees keep a steady income during the closure, employees from across the company are helping out by donating their own paid time off to employees who might need it.

Huggins said she does not yet know when the Wilmington location will be reopened, but said the company is working to make it happen as soon as possible.

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