ALTOONA, Pa.—The Sheetz convenience chain will spend $16.8 million to increase the pay of almost all of its 17,300 employees at its 596 stores spread across Pennsylvania and five other states, reports Trib Total Media.
The increase officially took effect on Sept. 13, with increases ranging from 50 cents to $1.50 based on position, experience, tenure and more, according to Nick Ruffner, a Sheetz spokesman. It will impact nearly all store employees at 279 locations in Pennsylvania.
Sheetz President Travis Sheetz said the goal is to “provide competitive wages and full-time hours to as many employees as possible, as well as providing quarterly bonuses as a way for employees to share in our success.”
The company offers health care coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan and employee stock ownership. Sheetz said it has nearly 1,500 open positions across Pennsylvania that remain unfilled and 3,000 openings throughout the company. The vacancies come at a time when unemployment in the Pittsburgh region was 3.9% in August, and the jobless rate for Pennsylvania was 3.7% in August.
To make the raises possible, Sheetz will spend $16.8 million more on wages per year, hoping to shift more store employees from part-time to full-time work, according to the York Daily Record.