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Clark: Rosauers Shows Heart

Philipps is the 53-year-old CEO of Rosauers Supermarkets, a Spokane-based chain with 21 outlets spread across the four states of the Inland Northwest. Two Saturdays ago, Philipps and his management team gathered at a North Side pizza joint, along with employees whose lives had been in turmoil since Dec. 29. That’s when a massive buildup of snow collapsed the roof of the Rosauers at Five Mile.None of the 40 customers or 40 workers who was inside when the sky fell that early evening was hurt seriously. One employee suffered a few minor injuries when the avalanche force of descending snow and ceiling literally blew her out the front door. That was the good news. The bad news was that this was no clean up on Aisle 12. The roof was burnt toast. Building a new one will take four to six months. And so the 120 employees affected had steeled themselves for unemployment checks and less-than-certain futures. Then Philipps dropped the bombshell.No lost jobs. No unemployment checks. The decision had been made to keep every worker/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Have you heard of another company doing something as magnanimous as this?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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