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Eugene-area businesses weigh in on minimum wage increase

Off the waffle (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon’s minimum wage increase took effect on July 1 and will continue to increase over the next five years.

Two family-owned businesses are handling the minimum wage differently.

Off the Waffle and Papa’s Pizza are both Oregon based business.

With the minimum wage increase being a different amount depending the location around Oregon, many business are looking at different options.

But even with the increase in the cost of labor, Off the Waffle owner Omer Orian does not plan to raise menu prices right now.

"I really like to keep everything same as much as possible across the board,” said Orian.

With the increase in the cost of labor, Orian has decided to leave his menu prices the same.

"We don't have a lot of competition in our niche, you know; there is no one else selling this type of breakfast,” said Orian.

A business that does have competition is Papa’s Pizza, and company president Mike Nesbitt is increasing prices in their menu because they cannot afford to lose money.

“We will be looking at well over $100,000 in an increase cost. There are years that we don't make that much money,” said Nesbitt.

Nesbitt says the average large pizza will cost customers $0.70 more in Eugene and Corvallis. In the Portland Metro area it's $1 more for this year’s increase.

“It literally pains me to have to raise prices because I know it’s going to impact them,” said Nesbitt.

These increases do not consider the next five years in which minimum wage will continue to increase.

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