2020 has been a difficult year for the retail industry, but employees at Hobby Lobby just got some good news. Yesterday, the store announced that it will be raising its minimum wage to $17 per hour starting on October 1st.  According to a press release on their website, Hobby Lobby has "raised its minimum wages ten times over the last eleven years."

Hobby Lobby founder and CEO, David Green, said, “We have always worked hard to be a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people. 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. Because this year has presented so many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season.”

Hobby Lobby has two stores in southeast Minnesota - At 3900 Highway 52 North in Rochester and 1701 18th Avenue NW in Austin.

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