Some La Crosse businesses ready to increase wages if needed

In early April, Target announced that the organization would be increasing their minimum wage from $12.00 to $13.00.

This raise is a part of a bigger plan by the company to have a minimum wage of $15.00 by the end of 2020.

And while Target, Amazon, Costco, CVS, and Walmart are all looking to increase their minimum wage, that does not to seem to pose a major threat to local La Crosse brick and motar stores.

“I already pay over Minimum wage so (an increase in wages) won’t affect me,” explained owner of the Painted Porch Peggy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez went on to explain that to hire more experenced workers required that she pay a higher than national wage.

And while online retail has recently become a threat to smaller stores, Rodriguez believes that stores like hers have more to offer than products.

“It’s about the experience at retail stores, at brick and motar stores that you don’t get on the online sales so that’s what we’re focusing on. “

With the business that Rodriguez is reciving, she feels able to compete with wages if she needs to.

“(an increase in wages) might be difficult, but we’ll handle that problem when it comes.”

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