A Chick-fil-A owner, who had to shut down one of his Austin, Texas, locations for several months, shocked staff by announcing he would continue to pay the entire team during the duration of the restaurant’s remodel.
Instead of temporarily laying off the 50 workers while the restaurant underwent five months of renovations, Jeff Glover decided not only to pay his employees for that time, but also included some extra incentive. Glover, who has operated the restaurant for 15 years, tacked on an additional $1-per-hour raise to staff pay to further encourage them to stick by his side and wait out the closure, KVUE reported.
“I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want my group to have to forgo their salaries,’” Glover told KVUE.
“It would be a real financial crisis for the 50 families represented by the workers here to have to go five months without a job.”
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Starting pay at Glover’s Chick-fil-A is $11 an hour and full-time workers receive about $3,600 a month, before taxes, according to Yahoo Finance.
“I’ve been here for over a decade and I can’t put into words how much this means,” said Norma Baynes, one of the managers at the restaurant.
“I wasn’t expecting less than that — he is always taking care of us,” one worker told KVUE.
According to the franchise owner, the restaurants at West Braker Lane and U.S. 183 were temporarily closed for reconstruction necessary to keep up with Austin’s population, KVUE reported.
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During their time away, the staff is required to complete some online testing and Glover is expected to hire additional workers.
Both locations have reopened as of Aug. 12, and a steady stream of customers has been coming in.
The Braker Lane Chick-fil-A is the largest location for the fried-chicken chain in the Austin area — now spanning a whopping 5,700 square feet and the new building is double the size of the original structure, KVUE reported. It has also added a third drive-thru lane.