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DavidsTea moving into mall

Lovers of steeped drinks can delight in the news of DavidsTea moving into St. Albert Centre. The Canadian tea shop is expected to open at the local mall a few months from now.

An exact opening date has not been announced, said Jillian Creech, the mall’s general manager.

“Construction is underway and we are anticipating and planning for a late summer opening,” she said.

DavidsTea will open in the mall’s food court. The 556 square foot store will offer more than 150 types of tea, as well as tea-related products and gift items, said Creech.

Management at the mall is also anticipating another food vendor to move into the space previously owned by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Considerations are given to bringing in a healthy food vendor, said Creech.

“We know that St. Albertans are looking for healthy food options and we are taking that into consideration for the new tenant that we bring into that unit,” she said.

For more information on DavidsTea go to davidstea.com.

Minimum wage increase

Minimum wage rates are going up on Sept. 1, to keep pace with rising provincial incomes and the cost of living, the province recently announced in a press release.

Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase to $10.20 from $9.95 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise to $9.20 from $9.05 per hour.

Kyle Fawcett, minister of jobs, skills, training and labour, said Alberta has the lowest percentage of employees earning minimum wage but these individuals “form an important part of our workforce.”

“Many work in the service and retail sectors and are gaining the experience they need to succeed,” he said. “These changes will give them a modest increase while keeping the viability of their employers in mind as well.”

The increase is based on a formula that links the general wage rate to increases in average weekly earning and the provincial consumer price index.

In the past year, weekly earnings rose by 3.3 per cent, while the price index rose by 1.4 per cent. The average of 2.3 per cent was rounded to an increase of 25 cents per hour to the minimum wage.

The $1 differential between the general and liquor server minimum wage accounts for the tips generally earned by liquor servers, the press release stated.

For more information contact the employment standards contact centre at 780-427-3731, or visit work.alberta.ca/es.


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