WAITE PARK -- Hobby Lobby announced Wednesday they are raising the minimum wage beginning next year.

Starting January 1st, 2022 full-time hour wages will increase from $15 to $18.50 per hour.

According to a news release, Hobby Lobby raised its minimum wage to $15 back in 2014, well before it became a trend with other retailers.

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In addition to the pay increase, Hobby Lobby also provides great benefits to eligible employees including medical, prescription, and dental, a 401k with company match, and more.

Hobby Lobby was founded in 1972 and currently operates 956 retail stores, including one in Waite Park.

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