Dillard’s to close, student jobs end
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 13:02
Dillard’s in the Cache Valley Mall will close its doors and say goodbye to Logan at the end of March.
Dillard’s has roughly 55 employees, including many USU students, who will find themselves out of a job.
Dillard’s will offer the option to employees to transfer to another store either in Utah or another state. However, this option does not work for many of the employees, especially students in Logan.
There are companies in Logan hiring new employees. With the number of people leaving on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, companies are losing employees and beginning the search for new employment.
Alexa Coleman, a Dillard’s employee of more than two years, said many of the current employees are transferring to the Dillard’s in the Fashion Place Mall in Murray.
“There are many people working who have families to support,” Coleman said. “This closing is going to impact them a lot.”
Julie Bull, the company’s spokeswoman, said there have been a few other store closings both in Kansas and Virginia due to lack of sales.
“The Logan branch actually had a really good last quarter,” Bull said. “Due to previous performance and sales, we decided that closing the branch was the best thing to do.”
Bull said the closing of the stores in Kansas and Virginia and the Logan store is part of a process called strategic store closing.
“We look at the performance of the store and a number of factors and a decision is made by our senior management team,” Bull said. “We don’t like to close locations.”
Dillard’s must clear out all inventory by the end of March. The store is selling everything, including clothes racks, mirrors and hangers.
The department store occupies two of the three department store sections of the mall, while JCPenney occupies the third section.
The Cache Valley Mall has plans in progress concerning what to do with the space opening up.
Dewey Richardson, general manager of the Cache Valley Mall, said this closure was anticipated and mall management has been working on attracting other retailers to buy and occupy the vacant space.
The department store was a ZCMI until it was purchased by Dillard’s in 2001. Dillard’s has five other Utah stores in Murray, Sandy, Ogden, Provo and St. George. The company, founded in 1938, has 304 stores nationwide in 29 states. None of the other stores located in Utah are scheduled to close.