CARLISLE, Pa., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets today announced it is setting its starting associate wage at $9 per hour beginning June 2015 as part of the company's commitment to providing competitive wages. GIANT/MARTIN'S will also increase the hourly wage for current associates 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.
This change applies to the 197 non-union GIANT/MARTIN'S stores. Approximately 10,000 GIANT/MARTIN'S part-time associates will be impacted by this wage increase, which goes into effect on June 7. GIANT/MARTIN'S 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."
Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN'S 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. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN'S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN'S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children's Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN'S are Ahold companies. For more information visit GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.
Contact: Christopher Brand
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