After being out of her normal work, cosmetologist and single mom Lindsey Griffith now has a new source of income as a bakery clerk at the Brookshire’s store in Flint.

Griffith, of Flint, was hired as a part of Brookshire’s Grocery Company’s effort to increase their workforce due to the high grocery store demands amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She worked as a licensed cosmetologist for seniors at retirement homes, but the centers she would visit shut down all non-essential services to protect the elderly residents.

“It’s an uncertain time. I’m a single mom to two kids,” Griffith said. “It’s been quite an adjustment. I’m eager to join a team and I look forward to the opportunities of this job.”

She starts Tuesday with orientation.

“I styled hair and makeup, so maybe I can style a cake,” Griffith said.

She’s also having to focus on her children’s educational needs as schools are closed.

“I knew that Brookshire’s was going to need help. I’m really thankful that they’re helping the community,” Griffith said.

Rosemary Jones, executive vice president of human resources, said Brookshire’s is looking to increase its workforce in the Tyler and Smith County area by 200 to 300 new employees.

The company began hiring events at the BGC Culinary Center, 200 Rice Road in Tyler, last Wednesday and were set for this week Monday through Friday.Both temporary and full-time employees were hired.

On Tuesday, the company canceled hiring events for the rest of this week due to all needed positions being filled. Brookshire's is still accepting applications online through its banner websites, according to a statement.

Some of the jobs needed include warehouse workers, sackers, utility clerks, cashiers, bakery and deli clerks, Jones said.

“We’re looking at this as a great opportunity for us to help. We hope it brings up the community in this area,” Jones said.

In light of the coronavirus, Brookshire Grocery Co. has worked to help both its customers and employees.

On Monday, Brookshire’s announced an appreciation pay for all hourly retail and logistics employees to recognize their hard work.

Employees will be given a temporary increase of $1 per hour effective March 24 – May 1.

Last week, Brookshire’s said its 14,000 employees would receive a special bonus of up to a half week’s pay to all active employees to show appreciation for their service and efforts over the past month.

The company is also offering a 5% daily discount for senior citizens (60 or older) through May 5 at Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and Fresh by Brookshire’s. Recipients of the discount must have a valid ID.

Brookshire’s also asked that the first hour of operations be dedicated to senior citizens.

The company is requesting that senior guests are moved to the front of the check-out line throughout the day.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to help employees,” Jones said.

Jessica Beasley, of Tyler, who was employed as a bartender, applied for a job at Brookshire’s since she has zero income at this time.

“I have no idea how long this is going to last,” Beasley said. “They’re opening their doors for people that need the work. They can hopefully help as many as they can.”

Those hired should have outgoing personalities and pass background checks.

Skills related to working at a grocery store will also be a great help, Jones said.

Jones said Brookshire’s has been preparing for coronavirus before it became such a high priority. Hand sanitizer and wipes are kept out in the grocery stores to protect customers.

“We’ve taken numerous steps to protect our partners and our customers,” she said.

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