Saks plans 191 layoffs in Aberdeen

Cuts come after acquisition and follow 2012 plans for 223 layoffs

December 04, 2013|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

Saks Inc. warned state regulators Wednesday that it plans to lay off 191 employees in Aberdeen starting Jan. 3, a move the company said comes as a result of its November acquisition by Hudson's Bay Co.

Some of the work at the Saks complex, which includes a distribution facility, will be moved to HBC's Wilkes-Barre, Pa., site. The Toronto-based HBC said in a statement that combining merchandise receiving and processing in one location would serve customers "by getting product to stores faster."

"The company is doing everything it can to assist impacted employees during this transition, which includes appropriate severance packages for eligible associates," HBC said.

It will be at least the second large layoff at the site in two years. Saks said in May 2012 that it would lay off 223 of the facility's more than 600 employees.

At the time, Saks was moving fulfillment jobs related to to a new location in Tennessee and said the remaining employees — about 400 — would be handling items for Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores.

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