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December 2, 2019

Macy’s to maintain S. Windsor logistics center, saving 80 jobs

Photo | Flickr/Mike Mozart A Macy's department store.

Department store chain Macy’s has informed state labor officials it no longer plans to relocate a chunk of its logistics operation in South Windsor to Ohio. The reversal will save about 80 local jobs.

In September, Macy’s notified the state Department of Labor (DOL) it would begin moving a portion of its “Backstage” logistics unit, which distributes the chain’s discounted retail items to stores, at 301 Governors Highway to a new facility in Columbus, Ohio, by mid-November. The move was expected to result in 78 layoffs through February, according to a WARN notice filed with DOL.

However, Macy’s recently told DOL in a subsequent WARN notice it will not be moving the South Windsor facility. The company did not cite a reason why it changed course, but a spokeswoman on Monday told HBJ the reversal was due to an increase in its Backstage business.

The decision will save dozens of local jobs, including several warehouse associates, department coordinators, managers and supervisors, among other positions, according to the filings.

The so-called WARN notice is required by federal law for employers to provide advance notification of major closings and layoffs.

Land records show the South Windsor distribution center was built in 1972.

Meantime, Macy’s said it would hire over 2,000 full- and part-time workers at its Cheshire fulfillment center for the busy holiday shopping season.

This story has been updated to include comment from Macy's

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