Local businessmen making national news for offering $15 an hour minimum wage
|By Dado, Natasha|
The businessmen launched the first M(x> Cluck Moo lcx;ation in
"I am a single mom of four kids so it is a lot easier to raise and support my children. My children are involved in activities, so it is providing them with things that 1 never got to do as a child," said
Parker and Moorhouse say, for them, offering the high hourly wages only means they will profit less. "It is the right thing to do, people work hard. We are not going to make as much, but we are still profitable," Moorhouse said.
The two are offering high wages at a time when the movement to get major American fast food corporations to increase hourly pay is gaining momentum across the country.
Moo Cluck Moo has been featured in the Daily Beast,
The small business owners are being praised for making the bold move as large fast food chains such as McDonald's and
Parker says paying his employees more will encourage them to work harder and provide better customer service. The two say they aren't simply trying to extract as much money as possible from the business.
Moo Cluck Moo associates are doing the same work as employees at other fast food restaurants who are subject to a
"People work to make a living, right? They don't work for a hobby," said Moorhouse.
Six to eight other Moo Cluck Moo locations are expected to open next year in
Many fast food workers are forced to apply for government assistance and face immense financial problems because they don't make enough to make ends meet.
The average shift requires four employees, and the restaurant is open 10 hours a day, seven days a week. That means
"The pay really helps and is very beneficial. I'm only 21... and it is allowing me to take care of my mom and brother," said
Moorhouse and Parker say their business model of providing affordable natural fast food coupled with higher wages for employees is the right thing to do.
They decided to open the
Fresh halal chicken and beef is purchased daily from Saad Meats for both Moo Cluck Moo locations. The restaurant uses all natural cheeses and meats that are free of hormones and antibiotics. It also uses all natural dairy, and its chicken breast is fresh, never frozen. Its menu includes a variety of burgers, milkshakes and fries.
For more on Moo Cluck Moo visit www.moocluckmoo.com. To contact the
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