Hobby Lobby one of the largest Christian stores in America and the World is raising it’s minimum wage for full-time hourly employees starting next month.
The retail giant says they will raise the minimum wage to $17 per hour on October 1st of this year.
This is staggering news as this more than doubles the current federal minimum wage of $7.25
“We have always worked hard to be a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people,” said Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green in a press release. “From closing our stores on Sundays and at 8 p.m. the rest of the week, to providing some of the best pay and benefits in the retail industry, we are thankful that we are able to share our success with our valued employees and provide time for rest, family and worship. These investments allow Hobby Lobby to attract and retain a great group of associates who in turn help provide the wonderfully unique shopping experience enjoyed by our many loyal customers.”
This is the 10th time that the company has raised it’s minimum wage in the last eleven years according to it’s press release.
Hobby Lobby operates over 920 stores throughout the United States. The company was founded in 1972 on Christian principles and still closes on Sundays so their employees can enjoy church services and a day of rest.