Giant Food Stores/Martin’s Food Markets to set starting wage at $9 per hour

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CARLISLE, PA(WPMT)  Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets is setting its starting associate wage at $9 per hour beginning in June as part of the company’s commitment to providing competitive wages.  The hourly wage for current associates will also increase to a minimum of $9 an hour in June.

“Our associates are the foundation of our success, and we have always believed in paying competitive wages to attract the best talent,” said Tom Lenkevich, Giant/Martin’s president.

The change applies to the 197 non-union Giant/Martin’s stores. Approximately 10,000 Giant/Martin’s part-time associates will be impacted by the wage increase, which goes into effect on June 7. The grocery chain employs 33,000 associates, approximately two-thirds of whom are currently paid more than $9/hour.

“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.”

The Carlisle based corporation founded in 1923, operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets. Giant/Martin’s employs more than 33,000 associates.