BCBG issues final 500 employees pink slips
Final pink slips have been issued to the remaining 492 workers at now bankrupt BCBG Max Azria.
The upcoming layoffs are the final round in a series of layoffs that began in February of 2016. 310 workers were laid off between February 2016 and March of this year. In its heyday, BCBG's workforce included 1,400 full time employees and 1,300 part time employees at headquarters, retail stores and its warehouse.
The most recent 492 layoffs did not cover any retail store employees. This may be indicative of how the new owners Marquee Brands and Global Brands Group are hoping to license the brand and continue operations in some form.
Marquee and Global Brands were the high bidders in February making a $165 million dollar offer to purchase during the brand's bankruptcy proceedings. The BCBG family of brands will join other failing businesses acquired by Marquee that include Body Glove, Ben Sherman and Bruno Magli. Global Brands will be the licensee for wholesale and retail in North America.
The transaction for BCBG, Herve Leger and BCBGeneration is slated to close at the end of this month. After the transaction closes, BCBG will have 90 days to wind up operations before Marquee and Global Brands fully take control.
A company rep said, "The intent of the buyers is to offer employment to the majority of BCBG associates... Those selected for future employment with GBG or Marquee will be offered employment prior to the closing of the sale transaction or during the transition period."
According to the notice filed with the Department of Employment Development in LA, the layoffs will be effective on September 5.
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