Owner of Ohio Pizzeria Gives Full Day of Sales to Employees

The owner of a pizza shop in Ohio gave his employee’s the full day’s profits to express his gratitude for them.

On July 5, Heavenly Pizza owner Josh Elchert held his Employee Appreciation Day at the Findlay, Ohio-based business. Elchert showed his appreciation by giving all of the day’s sales to the employees who worked that day.

Thanks to the Findlay community, the day of appreciation was a huge success, bringing in 220 orders that totaled approximately $6,300 in sales and $1,200 in tips. Split between the staff, each employee made $78 per hour.

“Well, you guys are awesome!!!! Thanks to all of you, our employees had a huge day!!!” Elchert wrote in a Facebook post. “Better than I had hoped !!!!”

Elchert was impressed with his employees’ work ethic throughout the pandemic which prompted him to plan the day of appreciation. He posted a video to Facebook to reveal his plans. “Our employees have been so great during COVID, during the pandemic, during this season of uncertainty, they’ve just been fantastic,” said Elchert. “They show up every day, they’re here in a good mood… we want to take a day and appreciate them.”

The community was quick to jump on board, and Elchert pointed out that a man even came in with a $100 bill a few days before Employee Appreciation Day and asked to donate it to the staff because he would be out of town for the event.

“I put it out to our customers to really kind of show the love to our employees and they did, a lot,” said Elchert, who has owned the pizzeria for 11 years.

Timmy Lemire, who has worked at Heavenly Pizza for five years and is now the assistant manager, said he has never experienced anything like this. “It’s a big gift. That kind of giving nature is why this place runs so well, works so well,” said Lemire.

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