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Macy’s Antioch store closure will erase more than 100 jobs

ANTIOCH — The looming shutdown of a Macy’s store in Antioch this year will erase more than 100 jobs, according to official state government documents.

“There will be a ‘plant closing’ or a ‘termination’ at the Macy’s Somersville Town Center Store located at 2500 Somersville Road, Antioch,” Julie Lofing, a Macy’s human resources business partner, wrote in an official letter to the state’s Employment Development Department.

Macy’s will shed 123 jobs as a result of the store closure, the EDD documents show.

“The affected employees do not have ‘bumping rights’ and are not represented by any labor organization,” Macy’s stated in its letter to the EDD.

In addition to the loss of numerous retail-related jobs, some security detail positions also were eliminated, the EDD filing shows.

Macy’s recently disclosed plans to shut 30 stores during the early months of this year. The Antioch store was the only California site on the Macy’s shutdown list.

In 2016, the retailer, jolted by years of red ink and slumping sales, revealed plans to shutter 100 stores.

The effective date of the Macy’s Antioch layoffs and the store closing were listed as ranging from as early as March 17 to as late as March 30, according to the EDD notice.

Clearance sales have begun at the Macy’s in Antioch. The store became an anchor at the Somersville Town Center regional mall in 2004.

The struggling retailer stated in the letter to the EDD that all of the employees at the Antioch store would be given the opportunity to review their benefits. Those benefits were expected to include severance pay for regular employees.

“Information about the opportunity to transfer to open positions in nearby Macy’s stores will also be provided” to all affected employees, Macy’s told the EDD.

 

 

 

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