SOURCE: Bentley's Pet Stuff

Bentley's Pet Stuff

June 16, 2016 09:57 ET

Bentley's Pet Stuff Raises Its Minimum Wage More Than 65% Over National Rate for Employees Across the Country

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL--(Marketwired - Jun 16, 2016) - Bentley's Pet Stuff, a family-owned, multi-unit healthy pet foods retailer founded by Lisa and Giovanni Senafe, along with entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's reality series, The Profit, announced today that it increased the minimum wage in all existing U.S. stores and divisions, beginning June 1st, 2016. The minimum hourly rate was raised to $12.25 for its nearly 100 full time associates in over 24 retail locations nationwide.

"The culture and health of our company is measured by one thing for me, our people," said Partner, Marcus Lemonis. "A more stable and consistent workforce will result in improved efficiency, better customer experience, higher standards of performance and the slowdown of revolving doors. The ability to attract and retain the best and brightest talent to our company is at the center of that."

The company's new employee minimum wage at $12.25 is more than 65% above the federal minimum wage, which is currently at $7.25 per hour and has not been increased since 2009.

"The company will continue to think more proactively on ways to advance our people and to create a better environment for our workers. We are basing our new wages on our co-workers and their needs, rather than what the local employment market dictates," commented co-owner Giovanni Senafe. "Our focus is to ensure that Bentley's Pet Stuff is a great place to work by providing an environment that develops our staff and also meets our customers' expectations. All of this contributes to our business success."

About Bentley's Pet Stuff

Bentley's Corner Barkery opened its doors in 2008 with a mission to feed animal lovers' pets genuine real meat products made in the USA. Their dedication to customers' animals is why they hand pick and research every item stocked on their shelves, allowing customers to be at ease when making a purchase at any of their retail stores throughout the Chicagoland area. Started from a single retail store eight years ago, Bentley's Corner Barkery grew to encompass seven locations offering natural pet food, a variety of treats, toys and more! In November 2015, Bentley's Corner Barkery acquired Pet Stuff and the newly formed company, Bentley's Pet Stuff, now features 19 locations across Chicagoland and new facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado. http://www.petstuff.com/ & www.facebook.com/bentleyscb/

About Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis is an entrepreneur, investor, television personality, and chairman and CEO of Marcus Lemonis LLC as well as Bentley's Pet Stuff Enterprises. Camping World is the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam is the world's largest RV owner's organization. Visit www.campingworld.com for more information.

Lemonis is known as the "business turnaround king" and host of CNBC's prime time reality series, The Profit, in which he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses around the country and judges businesses based on a "Three P" principle: People, Process, and Product. The Profit returns on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm ET/PT on CNBC.

More about Marcus Lemonis can be found at http://www.marcuslemonis.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marcus.lemonis and Twitter @MarcusLemonis.

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