“From closing our stores on Sundays and at 8 p.m. the rest of the week, to providing some of the best pay and benefits in the retail industry, we are thankful that we are able to share our success with our valued employees and provide time for rest, family and worship,” Green wrote. “Because this year has presented to many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season.”
Michaels, a competitor with Hobby Lobby in the crafts marketplace, has announced it will hire 16,000 seasonal employees this year.
Michaels spokesperson Angie Coplin said pay at Michaels ranges from $7.75 to $16 an hour, depending on market and position: cashier, sales associate and replenishment.
“Paying well above minimum wage is not a recent trend in the retail industry,” said David French, senior vice…