Lidl announced earlier this month that it plans to raise the starting pay for all hourly employees in the Philadelphia area to $15 an hour, effective April 15. Currently the company has two stores open in Philadelphia, plus suburban Philly stores in Folsom, Royersford, Norristown, Lansdale, and Exton. There are several more in other PA markets and in New Jersey, but it’s not clear if employee wages will be increased there.
Lidl has already gained a reputation for being employee-friendly. Last year they began providing full health care coverage and other benefits to all part-time employees. In January Lidl said that all U.S. employees who get a full Covid-19 vaccination will receive $200 in extra pay.
The company has also announced wage increases in Long Island, NY and Atlanta.
Other grocery retailers that have raised or plan to raise their starting hourly wage to $15 or more include Amazon/Whole Foods, Target, Costco, Walmart and Kroger.