ShopRite of Galloway store manager George Fabrizio recently spoke to The Press of Atlantic City
about what it's like to be an essential worker during the pandemic.
“While my job is a little different today, the principle is still the same: It’s always about providing the best and safest shopping experience for our associates and customers,” Fabrizio told the paper.
Today that means taking many different steps such as limiting occupancy in the store and taking the temperature of associates when they arrive for work. ShopRite stores have also installed plexiglass shields around all cash registers and customer service desk and encourage social distancing throughout the store.
“I’m thankful for my job and the ability to reassure customers that we are here for them,” Fabrizio, of Galloway Township, told the paper. “We get a lot of thanks from the community, which means a lot to us, but I am also thankful — for my family, my staff and our customers.”
To show its gratitude, ShopRite recently kicked off a campaign to thank the important healthcare workers, first responders and supermarket associates everywhere who are serving our communities through the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign, called Essential Thanks, gives everyone an opportunity to show their gratitude by posting a thank you note to COVID-19 frontline workers.
For each message of thanks people post through ShopRite’s newly created www.EssentialThanks.com website, ShopRite will donate one dollar to regional food banks for COVID-19 relief efforts, up to $500,000. Thank you notes can be uploaded directly to www.EssentialThanks.com or by tagging #EssentialThanks on Instagram and Twitter. ShopRite is asking people to thank truck drivers, grocery store, warehouse, healthcare, first responders and all essential workers on the front lines during this national emergency.
Fabrizio has been with Village Super Market, Inc. and ShopRite for 17 years, starting part-time when he was a 16-year-old high school student. The part-time job eventually turned into a career. He told The Press of Atlantic City that he's also motivated by the work of his company. Village Super Market, Inc., which has donated PPE to local hospitals, as well as meals, snacks and water.
Thank you, George, and thank you to The Press of Atlantic City for featuring George and the ShopRite of Galloway!