Essential Retailer Is Now Making Unexpected Layoffs in California

An essential retailer is now making unexpected layoffs in California with job cuts taking place soon, according to fresh WARN data.

Rite Aid will lay off 241 employees at a Woodland, California, distribution center, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act letter dated Jan. 23.

The layoffs are set to begin the first week of March and will continue until the 1755 East Beamer St. location closes on May 12, reports Supply Chain Dive.

While the closure is permanent, there will be a small number of employees who will work past the closure date to help with closing activities.

“After conducting a comprehensive analysis of our distribution network, we’ve made the difficult but necessary business decision to close our Woodland, California, distribution center, and transition operations to our Lancaster, CA, distribution center beginning in May, to best support our stores and ensure greater efficiencies,” the company told Supply Chain Dive in an email.

Positions affected include operations managers, forklift operators and warehouse employees.

The company also said impacted associates working through the end of their transition period will receive severance packages and outplacement support.

The drug store chain is restructuring its operations as it works its way through the bankruptcy process.

After filing for bankruptcy in October, Rite Aid got the green light from a judge to pay its critical suppliers and other vendors.

The company is also preparing to close its Wilsonville, Oregon, distribution center in April and transition its operations to a facility in Washington.

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A massive retailer now launches a liquidation sale as it closes an anchor store and abandons a mall for good, sources report.

A JCPenney store located inside a popular shopping mall is set to close in weeks, reports The-Sun.

Liquidation sales at the outlet in the Crystal Mall in Waterford, Connecticut, are underway.

The prices of goods have been cut by up to 50% and the store is set to close by May 25th, per The Day.

The JCPenney outlet is the last anchor store at the mall following the departures of renowned brands such as Macy’s, Sears, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Executives of the company admitted the decision to close the store wasn’t easy.

“We continue to work to make every dollar count for America’s diverse, working families and welcome them to shop at our other JCPenney stores in the area,” they said.

The Crystal Mall has seen a series of high-profile store closures in recent years.

Its Macy’s and Sears outlets also closed back in 2021 and 2018.

A JCPenney store at the Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, is also set to permanently close its doors in May.

The store is unfortunately shutting down after the chain was in a legal dispute with the owner of the mall.

The closures come just years after the chain filed for bankruptcy.

Chiefs filed for bankruptcy after the business had racked up a whopping $5 billion in debt.

The chain survived and the company has since revealed details on restructuring plans.

More than $1 billion is set to be spent by the end of 2025 on several upgrades.

Stores are set to be renovated, and the company’s app and website will be improved.

The purpose of the upgrades is to boost efficiency.

“Now is the time more than ever to lean into that and make sure that we’re delivering that experience for our customer,” CEO Marc Rosen told the Associated Press.

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