Lovin’ It: McDonald’s location in NC raising minimum wage up to $20 an hour, pressuring competition

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BELMONT, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A major chain restaurant is raising its minimum wage to attract more workers. McDonald’s in Belmont is advertising up to $20 an hour for new employees.

“I think it’s good for the employees,” customer Brant Hyde said. “The owners have made a fortune over the years.  It’s time to give a little bit of it back.”

The fast-food chain said it is raising the minimum wage for more than 36,500 employees by about 10%.

The company said pay will range from $11-$15 an hour for entry-level employees and $15-$20 for managers.

“I was surprised. I think it’s good for the economy. I think it’s good for the people. I think it will put more people to work,” customer Ruvell Oxendine said.

Customers FOX 46 spoke with said while workers should be making a living wage, they are concerned about how the pay increase will impact smaller businesses that cannot compete with the food chain.

“People would love to make $15, $20 an hour but if they pay $20 at McDonald’s, then you got Bojangles, you got Wendy’s, everybody else is going to have to match,” customer Jerry Bumgardner said.

The worker shortage has been felt in nearly every industry. McDonald’s customer West Wilson said paying staff more could be a solution to getting people back on the job.

“It’s been a revolving door these past couple of months. So, if you can find them, they don’t come around too much,” Bumgardner said.

McDonald said it plans to hire 10,000 new employees within the next three months.

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