Just a few days ago, the employees were at odds with their bosses. Friday, Kroger workers were getting ready to welcome customers back to their stores, and their manager was welcoming them back.
“I've really missed working with the people and customers who come in every day, with the schools and all the organizations I work with. It's been tough. We already have trucks rolling in here, and more scheduled to come in tonight, tomorrow, and even Sunday,” said Jamie Sprague, Manager 7th Street Kroger store.
Getting ready to reopen means more than just stocking shelves. It also means re-pricing and retagging, but Sprague says everything should be ready by the time this store opens Monday at 7 a.m.
Sprague estimates it will take most of the weekend to get ready for that opening, but he also believes that when the supermarket starts selling again, the people who came before the strike will come again.
“We still have, in my opinion, the best product out there, the best prices day in and day out, and I have the best employees, and our customers are great,” added Sprague.
The strike, which began October 13, idled more than 3,000 people in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.