Ahold’s Giant-Carlisle division said Tuesday that it would increase its starting associate wage to $9 per hour beginning in June. The company will also increase the hourly wage for current associates to a minimum of $9 an hour.
“Our associates are the foundation of our success, and we have always believed in paying competitive wages to attract the best talent,” Tom Lenkevich, president of Giant, said in a statement.
This change applies to the 197 non-union Giant and Martin’s stores. Approximately 10,000 part-time associates will be impacted by this wage increase, which goes into effect June 7. Around two-thirds of the company’s 33,000 associates are currently paid more than $9 per hour, Giant said.
Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores and Target Corp. previously announced plans to increase minimum pay this year.
“We believe that this is the right thing to do,” continued Lenkevich. “Our goal is to continue to be an employer of choice by offering a competitive total compensation package, a work environment based upon respect, an emphasis on personal excellence and opportunities for career advancement.”
Giant-Carlisle operates stores under the Giant and Martin’s banners in four states.
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