Coach Lays Off Part-Time Employees At Select Canada Stores

CoachstoreCoach is laying off employees who work less than 30 hours per week at several of its locations, according to a report from the Huffington Post. The luxury brand and retailer will focus layoffs on a select number of its 36 Canadian locations that earn more than $1 million in annual sales.

Part-time associates at Coach’s Burlington, Ontario, location were given the legally required notice of six weeks, however, they were not offered a severance package, according to the report. The retailer has not provided any additional details about the decision, and it is unclear how many workers will lose their jobs.

A spokesperson at Coach noted that the layoffs will, in the end, help the retailer’s sales team develop deeper client relationships and retain more loyal shoppers.


“In key stores throughout North America, we are focused on a more full-time staffing model — offering more full-time employment opportunities to current employees,”said Andrea Shaw Resnick, Global Head of Corporate Communications at Coach. Resnick did not indicate how many part-time employees were offered a chance to switch to full-time status.

The layoffs are the most recent in a series of shakeups for Coach. In June 2014, executives revealed that the brand was undergoing a significant transformation. Over the past year, Coach has shifted its promotional strategies, repositioned outlet stores, restricted access to the e-Commerce outlet and reinvested in its wholesale channel. As part of the transformation, Coach also has closed 56 stores across the U.S.

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