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Hobby Lobby, Other Stores with High Minimum Wage and Good Benefits, Avoid Labor Shortage
While stores across the country struggle with a labor shortage, Hobby Lobby does not have that problem due to its excellent benefits package and employee support system.
Hobby Lobby pays some of the highest wages in the retail industry. Hobby Lobby raised its minimum wage above the federal minimum back in 2009 and set a company-wide minimum wage at $15 back in 2014. In 2021, it raised that wage to $17 per hour.
Meanwhile, retail stores like Kroger and Dollar General, which pay just above federal minimum wage and below the national poverty line, find themselves unable to keep employees.
Hobby Lobby also offers much better hours than any other stores in their industry—closing on Sundays and 8pm the rest of the week. Chick-fil-A also keeps its doors closed on Sundays so employees can spend time with their families.
We continue our efforts to maintain our position as a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people," said David Green, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO. "We have not only weathered the challenges of the last eighteen months but have thrived due to the loyalty of our customers and dedication of our valued employees."
In October, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., announced that it is hiring 11,000 seasonal store employees for the Christmas season, showcasing its immunity against the labor shortage afflicting other retailers.