The Christian-owned arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby announced on Monday it will raise its minimum wage to $17 per hour starting on October 1.
"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," said Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green.
Green said the store has "always worked hard to be a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people."
Hobby Lobby said it was one of the first national retailers to create a nationwide minimum wage well above the federal minimum wage and that it has raised its minimum wage 10 times over the past 11 years.
? Hobby Lobby's wage increase comes just three months after a similar move from Target, which increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour earlier than planned because of the pandemic.