Food City hires 1,200 more workers in one week, to give $3 million of bonuses to workers for COVID-19 response

File photo of Food City store

Food City has hired more than 1,200 retail workers and another 76 warehouse employees in the past week across its 4-state footprint as the grocery chain seeks to add more workers to handle increased business at its 123 supermarkets.

"We've halfway toward our goal of getting another 2,500 folks that we really need to augment our team and to get our supply chain kinks worked out and to provide the kinds of customer service we want," Food City CEO Steve Smith said today.

For the existing workers at Food City supermarkets, including more than two dozen Food City stores in the Chattanooga area, the company announced today it will be giving bonuses to the company's 16,000 employees totaling $3 million.

"We want to thank our superstars in our stores who have been working tirelessly to serve the needs of our customers during this unparalleled time," Smith said, noting that the company also recently enhanced its health benefit package for its workers.