Pandemic prompts layoffs at Belk department store chain

July 2, 2020 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has prompted layoffs at the Belk department store chain, including at its North Carolina-based corporate headquarters.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that the Charlotte-based company declined to disclose the total number of job losses. The company has about 1,300 employees at its corporate office and about 20,000 employees total.

Belk said in a statement that it “had to make some of the most difficult decisions of its 130-year history.”


The company said it is providing severance packages to those affected. The layoffs follow temporary furloughs and senior staff pay cuts that were announced in March.

The company had closed 291 stores in 16 Southern states because of COVID-19. Stores began to reopen in May.