Inspired by Hobby Lobby's commitment to raising its companywide minimum wage, Buy For Less has upped the minimum wage of its employees to at least $9 an hour.
The increase went into effect Sunday and applies to nearly 200 employees plus all new hires, said Max Dubroff, human resource manager for Buy For Less, Super Mercado and Uptown Grocery Co.
“While we continue to give increases based on job performance, we think the federal minimum wage is not enough for our people and there is an immediate opportunity to correct it ... so we are,” he told employees.
Dubroff said while the move is not the same magnitude as Hobby Lobby's, it is a similar effort and was inspired in part by Hobby Lobby's leadership, including founder and chief executive David Green. Hobby Lobby on Monday raised its minimum wage to $14 an hour, increasing the pay of more than 17,726 employees nationwide.
Buy For Less has 14 stores in the Oklahoma City area and employs 1,100.