ALTOONA, Pa.—This week, Sheetz said it will bump the hourly wages for all 18,000 of its c-store workers by $2, effective May 21. This permanent increase equates to a $50 million annual investment and comes on the heels of the company’s $28.5 million investment in store employee wages announced in February.
In addition, Sheetz will also invest $12 million in a summer stimulus program to provide store employees an additional $1 per hour wage increase from May 21 to September 23, 2021.
“To attract and retain top talent, we know we need to continue to invest in our employees,” said Travis Sheetz, president and COO of Sheetz, in a press release. “That investment includes more than just competitive wages. We provide career growth opportunities and a clear path to promotion so life at Sheetz can be not just a job, but a career.”
Recently named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune and a Great Place to Work for the seventh time, Sheetz has more than 2,000 open positions for which it is actively seeking employees.
Other convenience retailers are upping their hourly wages, including Rutter’s, which raised its starting wage to $14 per hour. Some chains are offering other incentives, like Wawa’s $500 hiring bonus.
In particular, foodservice operators across the board are struggling to fill open positions. Some retailers are turning to virtual hiring events to find employees. For more about hiring in today’s tight labor market, read “How to Get People Back to Work” with insights from Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations.
Not a NACS Magazine or NACS Daily subscriber? Subscribe to NACS Magazine in a print and/or digital format to read the latest insights from industry thought leaders each month. Subscribe to NACS Daily to receive a roundup of industry news and trends in your inbox each weekday. Subscriptions to NACS Magazine and NACS Daily are complimentary for readers in the convenience retailing industry—you just need to sign up!