Macy’s plans to lay off 234 em­ploy­ees at its Columbia, Annapolis lo­ca­tions

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Lilly Price

Macy’s has no­ti­fied state la­bor of­fi­cials that it plans to lay off 234 work­ers be­tween its depart­ment stores at The Mall in Columbia and West­field Annapolis, less than a week af­ter both re­opened for the first time since the coro­n­avirus closed most re­tail­ers in March.

Macy’s will lay off 131 em­ploy­ees in Columbia and 103 in Annapolis, ac­cord­ing to fil­ings Fri­day with the Mary­land Depart­ment of La­bor. The lay­offs take ef­fect June 30.

While both fil­ings noted the lay­offs were the re­sult of clo­sures, the stores will re­main open, said Jacqueline King, Macy’s di­rec­tor of me­dia re­la­tions.

“Macy’s Annapolis and Macy’s Columbia stores will re­main open to serve our cus­tomers, how­ever they would like to shop, whether in-store, on­line or through our curb­side pick-up,” she said.

Macy’s Inc. an­nounced Thurs­day that it will “re­struc­ture” in re­sponse to low sales ex­pected as a con­se­quence of the coro­n­avirus-re­lated clo­sures. The par­ent com­pany of Macy’s, Bloom­ing­dale’s and Blue­mer­cury said it will lay off nearly 4,000 cor­po­rate and man­age­rial po­si­tions along with cut­ting staff across Macy’s stores.

Macy’s joins a string of large re­tail­ers that laid off large staffs or closed across the United States.

For some with­er­ing depart­ment and chain store brands slow on the e-com­merce up­take, the dev­as­tat­ing fi­nan­cial ef­fect of coro­n­avirus could be the fi­nal blow.

“In this new econ­omy, we do ex­pect to see a faster rate of clo­sures,” said Rosa Cruz, vice pres­i­dent and spokesper­son for the Anne Arun­del Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Corp.

The sprawl­ing, 2-million-square-foot West­field Annapolis mall has been los­ing an­chors in re­cent years. Nord­strom laid off 237 work­ers in March and plans to close its West­field Annapolis lo­ca­tion by Au­gust. Sears filed for bank­ruptcy in 2018 and closed in Annapolis in April. Lord & Tay­lor closed there in April 2018

J.C. Pen­ney, the only other re­main­ing depart­ment store at the mall, has filed for bank­ruptcy and an­nounced plans to close some lo­ca­tions. It has not in­cluded Annapolis on that list.

Both malls re­cently re­opened with ca­pac­ity lim­its and new safety guide­lines to help keep the pub­lic safe dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

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