Giant Food Stores raising its minimum wage

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets announced Tuesday that the company will set starting wages at $9 an hour beginning June 7 as part of its commitment to providing competitive wages, according to a press release. The hourly wage for current employees will also increase to at least of $9 an hour.

“Our associates are the foundation of our success, and we have always believed in paying competitive wages to attract the best talent,” Giant/Martin’s president Tom Lenkevich said in a statement.

The competitive wage raise applies to the company’s 197 non-union stores.

About 10,000 of the company’s part-time employees will be impacted by the wage increase. The company employs 33,000 associates, and about two-thirds are paid more than $9 per hour.