Mall of America, the nation’s largest mall, is planning to lay off hundreds of its employees. The mall might also have to extend the furloughs of up to 178 more, according to Minnesota Star Tribune.
A spokesperson has confirmed that 211 workers across various departments will permanently lose their jobs at the end of the month.
“When the year began, no one could have predicted the enormous challenges we would face as a business, a community and as a nation,” said MOA spokesman Dan Jasper in a statement. “While we continue to make progress at Mall of America, the road to recovery is going to be slow.”
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Nonetheless, he said the mall hopes to reinstate the furloughed team members when “business conditions allow.”
Another 178 employees currently on “temporary layoff status,” on the other hand, may experience an extension of their furlough.
“Although MOA seeks to return all or some of these employees to work as soon as possible, based on evolving business conditions, it may be necessary to extend the temporary layoff for these employees,” said the letter to the state, which is required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.
Minnesota Star Tribune explained that Triple Five Group, MOA’s owner, fell behind on the mall’s mortgage after it had to close in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to mall representatives in May, revenue had fallen 85%.