Rex Davis, Owner of Davis Oil Co., reassigned employees across his business in order to prevent layoffs amid the downturns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After temporarily shutting down the location's Denny's restaurant, Davis transitioned employees into his Wendy's and Popeye's quick-serve restaurants as well as the travel center. The company also offered bonuses to full-time and part-time employees along with paid time off. Speaking about his employees Davis said, "We’re glad to have them and glad to keep them.”
Davis employs nearly 250 employees at two travel centers and two convenience stores in three counties.
"We came to the conclusion we could re-assign the employee elsewhere in the organization… at other restaurant brands or moving people to the petroleum facility to help out and not lay anybody off,” Davis told CBS 6 News. “We have not laid anybody off.”
Davis Oil employee Barbara Wright told CBS 6 News that she is “fortunate to be here.” "I feel like times like this is when we need to show that we care about each other and they do," Wright said of the Davis family business.
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