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Concentrix files official layoff notice with state


Concentrix gave the state official notice Wednesday of plans to close its East Bremerton call center.

As we reported last week, the closure will impact about 500 employees.

concxlogo_business-983x3001The official WARN notice reports 520 positions are being cut, though Concentrix spokeswoman Jyllene Miller told me fewer than 500 people are currently employed at the center.

Miller said the displaced employees will be given priority for “a few hundred” work-at-home jobs Concentrix is hiring for.

The center is slated to close March 4, according to the WARN notice. Concentrix will continue paying employees through March 28.

A team from the local WorkSource office is responding to the call center to provide employees with information about unemployment insurance claims, retraining opportunities and job leads. Kitsap WorkSource Administrator Margaret Hess said a forum for employees is being planned.

This isn’t the only WARN notice being filed by a Kitsap employer this week. We also received word defense contractor BAE Systems will lay off 68 workers in Silverdale by the end of March.

Haggen closing stores, but not in Kitsap

haggenAfter a massive expansion, Haggen is shrinking again.

The Bellingham-based grocery chain announced it will close or sell 27 of the 146 stores it recently acquired from Safeway and Albertsons.

Only one of the stores slated for closure — Haggen’s Spanaway location — is in Washington.

Haggen took over Albertsons stores in Silverdale and East Bremerton, and a Safeway store in Port Orchard this year, entering the Kitsap market for the first time.

Media reports indicate Haggen’s rapid expansion has run into turbulence. Stores laid off employees in California (LA Times story) and cut hours in the Puget Sound region (Seattle Times story).

What’s been your experience with Haggen stores in Kitsap so far?