City ready to as­sist Sears em­ploy­ees

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

The City of Belleville stands ready and pre­pared to as­sist with the tran­si­tion of Sears em­ploy­ees and prop­erty within the city.

With re­cent an­nounce­ments ques­tion­ing the fu­ture of Sears Canada, Mayor Taso Christo­pher, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment staff and the Belleville and District Cham­ber of Com­merce have met to for­mal­ize a plan to en­sure Sears em­ploy­ees have the op­por­tu­nity to quickly tran­si­tion to other work should Sears lay off all or part of its work­force.

“We are hope­ful Sears will con­tinue to be a val­ued em­ployer in our com­mu­nity, but if that changes we are pre­pared to help the res­i­dents and busi­nesses im­pacted by this un­cer­tainty. Our eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment staff have a plan to help af­fected em­ploy­ees find new work and, if needed, the city and its part­ners can help mar­ket the avail­able re­tail space and the large ware­house to en­sure a new em­ployer(s) is at­tracted,” stated Christo­pher in a city me­dia re­lease.

Karen Poste, man­ager of eco­nomic and strate­gic ini­tia­tives for the city, agreed and stated, “With so much un­cer­tainty around the Sears sit­u­a­tion, the city is pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity. Sears em­ploy­ees have in-de­mand skills and the build­ings fea­ture great ameni­ties and su­perb lo­ca­tions. The process to tran­si­tion peo­ple and prop­er­ties will be sup­ported by the en­tire com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment will take a lead role in co­or­di­nat­ing lo­cal ef­forts.”

“The cham­ber has been in­volved with lo­cal work­force de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives be­cause many of our lo­cal busi­nesses are ac­tively hir­ing and look­ing for new peo­ple to join their teams,” stated Der­rick Mor­gan, cham­ber of com­merce pres­i­dent. “Sears has de­vel­oped staff whose loy­alty and ded­i­ca­tion is ex­actly what em­ploy­ers are look­ing for; we trust th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties in our com­mu­nity will al­low the peo­ple cur­rently work­ing at Sears to tran­si­tion quickly and seam­lessly into new po­si­tions.”

The city will con­tinue to work closely with Sears man­age­ment, staff, its part­ners and other agen­cies to pro­vide what­ever sup­port is needed to adapt dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided as plans be­come fi­nal­ized.


Sears Canada Inc. em­ploys hun­dreds of peo­ple at its ware­house on Col­lege Street East. It also owns a store in the Quinte Mall. The com­pany is now liq­ui­dat­ing all of its stores across Canada in­clud­ing its lo­cal prop­er­ties.

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