Macy’s to cut jobs in Bangor, Portland stores

Posted Feb. 03, 2009, at 8:14 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Macy’s is among the latest in a long line of national corporations that have announced cutbacks in Maine.

The company announced on Monday that it would eliminate 7,000 positions nationwide, a number that amounts to 3 percent to 4 percent of the 180,000 employees it currently employs at its 840 branches throughout the United State and Puerto Rico, spokeswoman Sharon Bateman said Tuesday.

Though store-specific numbers weren’t available, Bateman said that based on the percentage cited above, the company’s two Maine stores, located at the Bangor Mall and at the Maine Mall in South Portland, likely would lose five or six positions each. The Bangor store employs approximately 200 while the Maine Mall store has 150 workers.

Bateman said it would be up to the management of each store to determine which positions will be eliminated and that affected employees will receive severance benefits and outplacement assistance.

“It’s our intent that the [targeted] positions won’t be those that involve customer service,” Bateman said.

Despite the bad news about the Maine jobs, Bateman said Macy’s has no plans to close either Maine store. She said the company identified 11 stores that the company will close earlier this year and that most are located in the Mid-West, Florida and the West Coast.

In announcing the layoffs, Macy’s officials cited the worsening global economy that is leading to declining sales and revenues.

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