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Hobby Lobby’s Minimum Wage Is Going Up to $18.50

The increase is effective Jan. 1, the craft-store chain said. 

A Hobby Lobby store.

A Hobby Lobby store.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is boosting its minimum wage to $18.50 starting Jan. 1.

The privately held craft-store chain operates 956 stores and has paid employees an hourly rate above the minimum wage since 2009, the company said in a statement. It boosted pay to $15 an hour in 2014, far earlier than many other retailers. While the federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009, many companies — including WalmartTargetBest Buy, and Chipotle Mexican Grill — have boosted starting or average hourly pay to $15 or more in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.