Ellwood Thompson's Local Market will raise its starting minimum wage on Friday.

Scott Elmquist

Ellwood Thompson's Local Market will raise its starting minimum wage on Friday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pay It Forward

Ellwood Thompson's Local Market raises its minimum wage to $10.10.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Congress still might be debating about raising the minimum wage, but Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market isn’t waiting around for the politicians to decide. The natural foods grocery store in Carytown announced today that it would increase its starting minimum wage by $1.10 to $10.10, as of Friday, April 24.

The store also reassured customers that product prices wouldn’t go up to pay for the increase.

Ninety percent of Ellwood Thompson’s employees work full-time, with benefits, and this change will increase minimum-wage pay by $2.85 per hour over the minimum national rate.

In a statement, owner Rick Hood said, “Ellwood’s employees are the heart and soul of this small, local business and we want to offer them a higher quality of life.”

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