Pay It Forward

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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