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A Hobby Lobby store sits closed after the chain closed due to the COVID-19 crisis on April 03, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. Hobby Lobby was forced to close all of its Colorado stores in response to a... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Hobby Lobby announced today it’s raising its minimum full-time hourly wage to $17 an hour starting October 1.

CEO David Green said the increase was designed to help employees as the holiday season nears.  “Because this year has presented so many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season,” Green said.

Hobby Lobby has raised its minimum wage 10 times since 2009.  In 2014, the full-time minimum hourly wage was raised to $15.

The arts and crafts retailer operates 923 stores across the country, including one in Augusta on Robert C. Daniel Parkway.