BFMW In the News

Fast Casual: Fast casual leaders share hiring, recruitment tips amidst labor shortage

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler
Fast Casual, Nov. 12, 2021

... The obstacles related to staff recruitment retention and technologies that can ease the staffing pains were the focus of a panel talk ... at the recent Fast Casual Executive Summit held in Charlotte North Carolina. ...Panelists included Andy Hooper, president of &pizza, Eric Ersher, founder of Zoup! Eatery and John Pepper, founder of Boloco. ... More calls to raise Pennsylvania's low minimum wage, citing Pa. pizza shop example of success, Oct 18, 2021

Willow Grove, Pa. -- Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier was joined by Senator Art Haywood, Representative Ben Sanchez, the CEO/founder of &pizza and its employees in Willow Grove to urge for an increase in what they call "Pennsylvania's archaic minimum wage" to help workers earn a more fair, livable wage in today's economy. ...

&pizza said it pays its workers a livable hourly salary in addition to tips. ...

KYW News Radio: The secret to revenue growth

By Hadas Kuznits
KYW News Radio (PA), Oct 14, 2021

Kelly Maguire, shop lead at &pizza restaurant in Willow Grove, said being paid $15 an hour has changed her life for the better. ...

“Just being able to come into work — and that’s all you have to worry about, is just working and getting that job done instead of all the 50 other things that are at home,” she said.

Jennifer Berrier, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, hopes other businesses follow suit.

CBS3: Wolf Administration Cites Pizza Chain In Montgomery County As Proof Of Increased Minimum Wages Working

CBS3, Oct 14, 2021

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration is joining forces with a pizza chain owner in the call for raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry visited &pizza in Willow Grove on Thursday.

Michael Lastoria, who owns &pizza, said an increased wage is critical to keeping people in the food service industry – and keeping them happy.

Florida Politics: Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics — Week of 9.26.21

By Joe Henderson
Florida Politics, Oct 3, 2021

... It’s a shame it took a constitutional amendment to make this happen, but Florida built its economy on the backs of low-paid workers who made their employers rich. It’s past time to even the scales.

Some owners get it, though.

Bay News 9 reported on the co-owner of the Disco Dolls, a clothing store, hair salon, and art gallery based in Tampa.

Spectrum Bay News 9: Small business owners, Florida chamber split as $10 minimum wage takes effect

By Mitch Perry
Spectrum Bay News 9, Sep 30, 2021

Florida’s minimum wage increased Thursday from $8.65 an hour to $10 – the first step towards an eventual $15 an hour minimum wage in 2026. The increase comes via a constitutional amendment passed by more than 61 percent of Floridians in 2020.

Business groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association opposed the measure, but there are small businesses owners who support the increase.

Florida Phoenix: FL will see its first phase of the minimum wage boost — $10 an hour — on Thursday, Sept. 30

By Issac Morgan
Florida Phoenix, Sep 29, 2021

Workers in Florida earning minimum wage will see a significant bump in pay on Thursday – from $8.65 to $10 an hour – the first phase of a wage hike connected to a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2020. ...

Danielle Ferrari is the owner of a clothing store called Valhalla Resale in Tampa. As a small business owner, Ferrari told the Florida Phoenix in a phone conversation that the wage increase will “stimulate our community.”

Hometown News: Florida minimum wage rising Sept. 30

By Mike Winikoff
Hometown News, Sep 16, 2021

STATEWIDE - Florida’s hourly minimum wage for non-tipped employees will increase from $8.65 to $10 on Sept. 30. In 2020, Florida voters passed Amendment 2 with 61% of the vote. Amendment 2 gradually increases the state minimum wage to $15 in 2026. ...

Chairman Emeritus Roger Smith of the American Income Life Insurance Company... is a Treasure Coast businessperson who fully supports the increase, and not only for the workers themselves. Mr. Smith thinks raising the minimum wage will benefit businesses and the economy.