Coronavirus: Local Domino’s franchise pledges to pay 100% of profits to employees

DAYTON — A Domino’s franchise in Dayton has gone “non-profit” by sharing all its profits with their employees for at least the next three months.

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“It’s a very challenging time for our whole community,” Tristan Koehler, a Dayton Domino’s franchise owner said in a release. “We’ve made a pledge that, starting today, 100% of our profits will be distributed to our employees and this will continue for at least the next 12 weeks.”

The franchise will share 100% of its profits with employees at its 19 stores in the Dayton area as well as two in Richmond, IN.

The 19 stores included are in Dayton, Kettering, Miamisburg, Centerville, Vandalia, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Xenia, Englewood and Oakwood,  according to a post to the Dayton Domino's Facebook page.

The two local Domino’s franchise owners, Koehler and Ed Schlater plan to divide the profits and disburse them to each employee based on the number of hours worked.

“We anticipate that each employee will get a raise between $2 and $2.50 per hour out of this,” Koehler said.

Domino’s stores remain open for carryout and delivery amid the coronavirus pandemic and recent stay-at-home order given by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

“We’ve been designated as an essential service,” said Koehler. “So we wanted to do something to thank each and every one of our people for coming in. They are working hard day after day. Not every Domino’s franchisee can afford to do this, but we have been very blessed by the Dayton area over the years.”

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The profit sharing began Monday and goes until at least June 19.

Several people flooded the franchises’ Facebook page, sharing their gratitude.

The franchise is not changing to a non-profit as defined by law, according to a post to the Dayton Domino’s Facebook page.

“Of course things are so crazy right now, and I can’t predict the future. Our goal will not waiver however, 100% of the profits, big or small, will go to the employees,” said Koehler.