Belk’s Union County fulfillment center to close; 300+ jobs lost

UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Belk has announced that their Union County fulfillment center will close in April.

310 employees will lose their jobs following what Belk describes as “a careful review of internal processes.” The company will provide the affected employees with resources and support during the transition.

Union County officials say that while this is a blow to the county there are other companies looking to fill roles.

“MycoWorks, which is a new biotechnology company, that should be starting operations in quarter one of next year. Part of their ramp up, obviously, they announced 400 jobs, but initially, we’re going to be looking at 200, 250 new jobs for year one, ”says Dolton Williams with the Union County Development Board.

Dolton Williams says they will be helping those who are losing their jobs.

“We want to work with them and bring in our workforce partners that will come in and help and assist them,” he said.

Union Mayor Harold Thompson is hopeful that the area will bounce back quickly.

“It does create a situation here in Union. Hopefully, with the people, we have working on the situation and with the new industries that are coming, we’ll be able to place a lot of people, ”Thompson said.

Thompson says the area needs to work on sustainability.

“If we can sustain these industries and get new, small business coming in, it helps,” said Thompson.

Williams says the economic impact will be felt in many areas.

“Until, you know, you replace Belk with someone else in there, you’re going to feel that burden. Not just on the employee side, but the tax burden, as well, ”said Williams.

Even though this is a tough time, he says he’s confident they will find another place to fill the void.

“We’ll be able to market that facility and put another great company in there,” he said.

He says the company will cease operations at the end of April and there will be separate waves of layoffs.

Belk’s full statement is below:

As part of an effort to further align our supply chain network with the needs of the company, the Belk fulfillment center in Jonesville, SC will be closing in the coming months. The decision was made after careful review of internal processes. We know the closure will affect associates at the Jonesville fulfillment center, and we are committed to working with them in the coming weeks to provide resources during the transition.

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