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“reduce staff…by 30%.” : U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, February 2017

More proof you brick-n-mortar store owners can’t directly blame the internet/high-tech competition for your demise. Incomplete list of U.S. internet/high-tech/communications job destruction announcements in February 2017:

China based Perfect World Entertainment (Star Trek Online) confirmed it suddenly eliminated jobs, including some with its Star Trek management team.

Non-profit web-browser Mozilla suddenly laid off 50 people, supposedly in an attempt to expand operations.

California: Google issued a WARN saying 104 people in Mountain View will become jobless in April (on top of the 94 jobs eliminated in March)! Also in Mountain View, Veritas Technologies finally notified the state that it eliminated 64 jobs back in November.  ‘Search engine for apps’ Quixey suddenly shutdown their Mountain View office, 48 jobs gone.  Culver city based, and Disney owned, Maker Studios yet again eliminated jobs.  This time at least 80 employees now unemployed.  Redwood Shores based video game maker Storm8 issued a WARN, 131 jobs lost by the end of April in an attempt to become more competitive!  Santa Monica based Activision suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of employees, despite reporting better than expected revenues for 2016.  Redwood City based Shutterfly warned of layoffs as it consolidates ops, blaming a 30% crash in its 4th quarter 2016 profits! Shutterfly will shutdown operations in Santa Clara, as well as in New York state.  In Palo Alto, tax-sucking Space Systems/Loral suddenly laid off 161 people! Tax-sucking Rockwell Collins issued a WARN, 44 jobs in Irvine lost by the end of April.  Internet based clothing seller Nasty Gal suddenly shutdown operations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, 98 jobs gone without warning.

Colorado: Denver based ReadyTalk no longer based in Denver as well as eliminating 46 jobs due to being taken over by rival Premier Global Services.

Georgia: Alpharete based video game maker Kiz Studios confirmed it suddenly eliminated jobs, but refused to say how many.   Administrators said it was to restructure “…three of our gaming studios in order to focus on our new Global Services practice.”

Florida: Broadband Interactive eliminating 129 jobs by mid-March!

Kentucky: Internet based clothing seller Nasty Gal shutting down its distribution center in Shepherdsville, 70 jobs lost.

New Jersey: Gannett Satelilite Information Network eliminating 141 jobs by the end of March!

New York: U.S. Army contractor L3 Technologies laid off 44 people, other employees are being transferred to Mississippi, due to cuts in taxpayer funding.  Less than a year after sending hundreds of jobs to China, Brooklyn-NYC based MakerBot commenced a ‘3rd round’ of layoffs, administrators admitted they intended to “reduce staff at MakerBot by 30%.”  NYC based web-publisher Slate laid off at least six people.   Jim Cramer founded TheStreet.com suddenly laid off about a dozen people, and also faces delisting from the stock market due to its low share pricing.  Digital media start-up Odyssey laid off 55 people despite raising $35-million USD in funding!  Administrators admitted they weren’t “able to scale” and stalled. British empire United Kingdom based Vodafone Americas issued a shutdown WARN for its NYC ops, 51 jobs gone by the end of June.  Unisys shutting down its Rochester call center, 178 jobs lost right after Xmas 2017!

North Carolina: General Electric (GE) Hitachi Nuclear Energy laid off an undisclosed number of nuke plant workers in Wilmington.  Local news media reported that at the time of the announcement no WARN had been filed with the state.  Xerox spin-off Conduent eliminating 143 jobs in Charlotte, blaming the “changing business needs of a client”!

Oregon: Frontier Communications laid off 57 people due to the  shutdown of its Beaverton dispatch center as part of “significant restructuring and reorganization”.  The state’s oldest tech company, Electro Scientific Industries (ESI), warned of mass layoffs across North America in order to “deliver more consistent earnings”.

Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre based international internet marketer Pepperjam eliminating 19 jobs in the U.S.   This comes after years of changing ownership of the company through take-overs and mergers.

Texas: Teleperformance USA shutting down their Abilene call center, 274 jobs gone by April due to a “change in business circumstances”!  Cloud company Rackspace Hosting eliminating at least 275 U.S. jobs after being taken-over by New York vulture capitalist Apollo!  AT&T eliminating 54 jobs at its Richardson call center, by the end of March.

Virginia: Game Stop shutdown its Bristol Mall store. Despite the fact that BlindBatNews has been reporting GameStop shutdowns since January 2016, local news media reported that local customers were shocked that their favorite video game store was shutdown.

Wisconsin: Texas based social media manager Spreadfast shutting down its Madison ops, 45 jobs lost.

U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, January 2017:  “I FEEL LIKE WE ARE BEING BLED.” “AND IT’S GETTING WORSE.”

U.S. Navy warns Loose Social Media Lips Sink U.S. Ships!

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“industry plunged…we weren’t needed anymore” : U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, January 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss announcements and shutdowns for January 2017.

Greek owned shipping giant Toisa, and 23 affiliates, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection blaming low volume of petroleum shipments.

Alabama: Beaulieu America shutting down its 30 years old carpet fibers factory, 375 jobs lost by the end of March!

California: In Petaluma, Enphase Energy eliminating 60 jobs by the end of March.  National Distribution Centers issued a shutdown WARN for their Chino operations, 102 jobs gone by the end of February!  Armor All/STP shutting down their Pleasanton ops by the end of March.  Boeing issued yet more layoff WARNs, at least a dozen jobs gone by the end of March.  In San Diego, tax-sucking General Dynamics owned National Steel & Shipbuilding suddenly laid off 844 people, blaming the U.S. Navy!  In Santa Ana, GKN Aerospace ChemTronics laying off 15 employees by the end of February, despite getting a state taxpayer funded $10-million USD tax-break for being energy efficient!

Florida: Mundy Maintenance eliminating 123 jobs at its Ascend Facility at Pensacola, by the end of March!  At Orlando International Airport, Aircraft Service International eliminating 125 jobs by the end of March!  General Electric (GE) Aviation laid off 33 people in Clearwater.  In Miramar, Swiss Watch suddenly eliminated 129 jobs!

Georgia: HVAC company Carrier shutting down their Smyrna factory, 64 jobs lost to consolidation and outsourcing!

Illinois:  Japan (Nippon) based rail-car maker Nippon Sharyo eliminating 1-hundred jobs in Rochelle!  Local news media implied it was due to repeated failures of Nippon Sharyo rail-cars to meet OSHA standards, which is interesting because Nipponese trains are considered the best in the world. Honeywell eliminating 69 jobs in Metropolis due to “…significant challenges of the nuclear industry globally and the oversupply of uranium…”

Iowa: Cedar Rapids based industrial products maker Apache restructuring and warning of layoffs due to “an unfortunate situation”.

Kansas: British empire Canada owned Bombardier eliminated 45 Learjet jobs in Wichita as part of their 2016 announced plan to kill 7-thousand jobs in North America!  In Salina, Philips Lighting laid off 32 factory employees, in an effort to increase efficiency.

Kentucky:  What automotive industry recovery? Despite being called the “Most American made car” by Nipponese (Japanese) news media, and despite threats by Donald Trump, Toyota announced it will go forward will plans to eliminate 648 jobs at its U.S. HQ in Erlanger!  Supposedly the positions are being moved to Texas as were planned for back in 2014.

Michigan: General Electric (GE) Aviation laid off 74 people in Grand Rapids.  Delta Industrial Valves shutting down their factory in Niles, 56 jobs lost by June.  What automotive industry recovery? Luxembourg based farm vehicle maker SAF-Holland shutting down two Michigan factories, hundreds of jobs lost over the year as work is consolidated to other factories!  The world’s largest supplier of automotive interiors, China owned Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, laying off 321 Michiganders in April!   To show you how ignorant your local politicians are congressman Dave Trott stated “Today’s announcement by Yanfeng Automotive Interiors further underscores the continued resurgence of our domestic automotive industry.”  Detroit based General Motors (GM) eliminating 625 Canadian jobs! Canadian labor unions blame NAFTA saying those jobs are being moved to Mexico: “The CAMI announcement is a shining example of everything wrong with NAFTA, it must be re-negotiated!”-Jerry Dias, Unifor National

Missouri: Manac Trailers USA shutdown its factory in Kennett without warning, 92 jobs lost “immediately”!  Local news media reported that many employees are single parents.  To add insult to injury Manac Trailers admin told a local city mayor that the shutdown was due to “lack of workforce in the area”!  Can you say “Bullshit”?

New Jersey: Comcast Cable issued a shutdown WARN for its West Deptford logistics center, 88 jobs gone by June.

New Mexico: Eclipse Aerospace suddenly laid off employees at its aircraft factory, but refused to say how many, blaming: “…current and anticipated orders over the coming months and to prepare for the future Project Canada development and launch.”

New York: In Long Island, LogistiCare eliminating 158 non-emergency response jobs by April, due to loss of state taxpayer funded contract!  Mass produced jewelry factory Samuel Aaron issued a shutdown WARN for its Mount Vernon ops, 42 jobs lost by April due to the sale of the company.  Duane Reade issued a Shutdown WARN for its Maspeth Distribution Center, 214 jobs lost by the end of May due to lack of business!  PCX Aerostructures issued a shutdown WARN for its Ronkonkoma ops, 45 Empire State jobs lost due to the company moving to Texas.  M&G DuraVent eliminating 54 jobs in April (that’s more than half its employees) due to crashing sales.

Ohio: What automotive industry recovery? In Lordstown, the dreaded mass layoffs by Detroit based General Motors (GM) began,  more than 1-thousand-2-hundred people jobless as the third shift at the Chevy Cruz factory is eliminated supposedly due to low sales! However, local news media pointed out that GM began shipping Chevy Cruzes in from Mexico last year, claiming they couldn’t keep up with U.S. demand!   After 54 years Iddings Trucking now chapter bankrupt busted due to the oil industry fiasco:We went from five or 10 drivers to clear over 1-hundred. Then beginning in 2014, the fracking industry plunged and we weren’t needed anymore. We had one of our larger customers call and cancel business with us because we weren’t needed. I’d say we laid off 1-hundred truck drivers…..”-Nick Loeber, co-owner

Oregon:  In Portland, Commercial Aircraft Painting Services issued a shutdown WARN, 186 jobs lost by the end of February due to the contract with Boeing being canceled!  Air Products & Chemicals laid off 21 people in Hanover.  According to local news media, this is the second layoff since September 2016.  The factory is down to 83 employees, but at one time had 2-hundred!

Pennsylvania: In Williamsport, Andarko Petroleum eliminating 52 jobs by mid-April.  Schott Glass warning of layoffs due to increased competition.

South Carolina:   Boeing is begging 6-hundred employees to ‘voluntarily’ quit (buyouts)!  APEX Tool laying off 170 people in Sumter County, by the end of March!  Local news media reminded their audience that APEX Tool killed jobs in Texas and Arkansas when it consolidated operations to South Carolina in 2014.  Company admin decided to end production of its Armstrong and Allen brand of tools, supposedly due to lack of demand: “This is not manufacturing that is moving anywhere else, it is not going to another facility. We are not going to be selling these products.”

Texas: National Instruments warning of layoffs due to a 2% drop in sales last year.  Fort Worth based golf club maker Ben Hogan now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, despite a supposed rebound two years ago. Local news media reporting that the factory is now staffed with a skeleton crew of only ten employees! The golf company owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back-rent and licensing fees!  Forbes Energy Services now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, due to the oil industry fiasco.  The value of Forbes Energy Services stocks crashed by 58%!  Swift Energy revealed it will eliminate 56 petroleum industry jobs when it emerges from bankruptcy.  San Antonio furniture maker KLN Manufacturing shutting down, 40 jobs lost by the end of February. The company focused on taxpayer funded sales to government agencies, as well as universities and hospitals.

Washington:  In Keyport, U.S. tax-sucking British empire based BAE Systems eliminating 59 jobs by the end of March.   Boeing is begging an undisclosed number of engineers to ‘voluntarily’ quit (buyouts)!

Wisconsin:  River City Distribution shutting down their Watertown operations, 107 jobs lost in March: “The closure has been promp­t­ed by the company’s decision to sell substantially all of its assets…”-official company statement

For the second, and most likely final time, EBR (Erik Buell Racing) Motorcycles ceased operations.  In 2015 the motorcycle maker employed 170 people in East Troy.  The company was sold-off in 2016 to Liquid Asset Partners, who in turn put the motorcycle maker up for sale, again.  This time nobody wanted to buy it, or sell its bikes: “This difficult decision was based primarily on EBR facing significant headwinds with signing new dealers……The combination of slow sales and industry announcements of other major OEM brands closing or cutting production only magnified the challenges faced by EBR.”

Mining/Industrial/Logistics December 2016: “WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY MEANINGFUL RECOVERY”

U.S. Retail/Banking/Service sector collapse, January 2017: ” I DON’T SLEEP AT NIGHT, IT’S KILLING ME” MASSIVE MACY’S MELTDOWN AS 10,000+ JOBS KILLED?

Eminent domain killing Mom-n-Pops! : U.S. government shenanigans, January 2017

Incomplete list (due to internet access problems, come on why won’t anybody donate to BlindBatNews?) of U.S. Federal/State/Local Government self-destruct announcements for January 2017:

California:  The Chico Fire Department eliminated five jobs due to the taxpayer funded FEMA awarded SAFER grant running out.  In San Diego, tax-sucking General Dynamics owned National Steel & Shipbuilding suddenly laid off 844 people, blaming the U.S. Navy!  In Santa Ana, GKN Aerospace ChemTronics laying off 15 employees by the end of February, despite getting a state taxpayer funded $10-million USD tax-break for being energy efficient!

Colorado: After 30 years Boulder Map Gallery shutting down by March, the owner blaming increased use of digital maps by his two largest clients, the federal government and an unnamed corporation, for declining hard copy map sales.  Chemical weapons incinerator Bechtel to layoff 30 people at the U.S. Army’s Pueblo Chemicals Depot.  It’s blamed on both Bechtel’s delay in getting their automated system up and running, and the U.S. Army taxpayer funding cutbacks. In all, Bechtel administrators say they have to find a way to cut $8-million from their budget!

Illinois: Glenview Public Library laid off ten people because the local taxpayers could not afford another local property tax hike.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority began its promised elimination of thousands of jobs due to lack of taxpayer funding, 25 laid off as part of the first round of cuts!

New Jersey: The British empire based christian Salvation Army shutdown its Newark Family Thrift store due to crashing sales.  City administrators are worried as the thrift store helped fund local social programs.

New Mexico: In Albuquerque, Hey Johnny shutdown their brick-n-mortar store, the owner blamed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project for literally driving away potential customers from the Nob Hill area.

 New York:  Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting warning of mass layoffs after only 20 employees accepted early retirement bribes. The agency blames decreased revenues and increased debt.   In New Hartford, after more than 30 years Tracy’s Hallmark store shutting down by the end of February, the owner blamed competition and the new minimum wage hike.    After 30 years Pets NYC-Metro Pets shutdown, the owner Gene King bitched about a common problem saying “In a nutshell, the rent is not affordable”, as well as jacked up costs of pet supplies and local taxes.

Oregon: The Jackson County Health & Human Services warned of as many as 2-hundred layoffs, mainly mental healthcare workers, supposedly because of a contract dispute!

Texas:  San Antonio furniture maker KLN Manufacturing shutting down, 40 jobs lost by the end of February. The company focused on taxpayer funded sales to government agencies, as well as universities and hospitals.

Washington:  In Keyport, U.S. tax-sucking British empire based BAE Systems eliminating 59 jobs by the end of March.

West Virginia: The city of Huntington laid off 24 employees due to crashing tax revenues, which have created a $4.6-million USD budget shortfall!

Wisconsin:  In Portage, local government jerks shutdown and stole the property of 33 years old Gruber Automotive auto shop, using ’eminent domain’ as the excuse!

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Government Shenanigans December 2016: “…GIVE US SOME BREATHING ROOM…”

ObamaCare-ACA Death Spiral, January 2017:  “A STREAMLINING OF OPERATIONS.”

Dumbing Down U.S.A., January 2017: “I’M SCARED….FOR A BAD REASON!”

U.S. Retail/Banking/Service Sector collapse, January 2017: “I DON’T SLEEP AT NIGHT, IT’S KILLING ME” 10,000+ jobs killed due to MASSIVE MACY’S MELTDOWN?

More Economic Decline: Vanity dies in Idaho

22 March 2017 / 21:07 UTC-07 Tango 06 (03 Farvardin 1396/24 Jumada t-Tania 1438/26 Gui Mao 4715)

The struggling to come back from the dead (under new management) Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck, and the Grand Teton Mall in Idaho Falls, and Boise Towne Square mall in Boise, and in Coeur d’Alene, and in Twin Falls, all losing yet another national/regional tenant; women’s clothier Vanity.

Vanity is now bankrupt dead and shutting down all 137 stores across 27 U.S. states.

Statements by Vanity admin, and so called retail experts, both blamed internet sales for the demise of local malls, but I’ve been witness to the decline of brick-n-mortar retail long before internet shopping skyrocketed, and have documented the decline of Chubbuck’s Pine Ridge Mall (a former employer of mine) on BlindBatNews.

When I worked for Pine Ridge Mall, under the original owner J. Price and then under GGP (General Growth Properties), surveys were constantly taken of mall shoppers as to what stores they wanted to see in the mall.  The overwhelmingly consistent number one response was “more clothing stores”, specifically more “women’s” clothing stores!  Idiots!  At that time more than half the mall was filled with stores selling women’s clothing or accessories!

Even today, Pine Ridge Mall with less than half of available spaces filled (within the original mall location) still consists mainly of women’s clothing retailers!  And that’s the true cause of the death spiral of women’s brick-n-mortar stores; there are too many of them selling the same ugly ‘shit’ for way too much dollars (even with their fake discounted pricing, yeah every friggin’ week that I worked at Pine Ridge Mall, JCPenney would have a huge sale on clothing, the result was after a while nobody but an idiot would shop there during the work-week ’cause they knew prices would drop for the weekend)!

Even when my daughters were in high school they hated shopping at brick-n-mortar stores for clothes “because the clothes suck!”  What is really driving people to shop on the internet, for clothing, is true variety in style and pricing of clothing.  So whose really to blame for the death spiral?  The corporate weenie heads who run those brick-n-mortar clothing stores!


Sears Kmart Death Spiral: “substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue”

U.S. retail/banking/service sector collapse, January 2017: “I DON’T SLEEP AT NIGHT, IT’S KILLING ME” MASSIVE MACY’S MELTDOWN?



Ammo maker kills 210 jobs in Idaho & Minnesota, blames Trump!

22 March 2017 / 20:13 UTC-07 Tango 06 (03 Farvardin 1396/24 Jumada t-Tania 1438/26 Gui Mao 4715)

“…we experienced a challenging retail environment due in part to a weak hunting season and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”-Amanda Covington, Vista Outdoor-Federal Cartridge (Federal Premium Ammunition)

At the beginning of March, Vista Outdoor (formerly known as ATK) owned bullet maker Federal Cartridge suddenly laid off 110 people at its Anoka factory in Minnesota, and quietly furloughed 1-hundred employees at its Lewiston factory in Idaho.

Vista Outdoor also gives credit to Barack Obama for record level gun and ammo sales during his eight years as President of the United States (proving once again that Peace Prize winner Obama is king of the gun runners).  Vista administrators actually blame the sudden crash in sales on the election of Donald Trump: “The shooting sports market softened significantly following the election as consumer demand was reduced due to a more certain regulatory environment for gun owners under the current administration.”-Amanda Covington



“I don’t sleep at night, it’s killing me” Massive Macy’s Meltdown? : U.S. Retail/Banking/Service Sector collapse, January 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss announcements and shutdowns made or announced in January 2017:

Alabama: Tennessee based Fred’s Discount Store announced it will shutdown at least three stores in The Yellowhammer State by the end of February, blaming crashing sales (or is it really because of Fred’s $90-million USD takeover of RiteAid?).  Best Buy shutting down its electronics store in Florence, 60 jobs lost in February.

Alaska: After 20 years gift shop Flypaper shutdown: “I watched the foot traffic slowly drop off. Whether those people are going to big box stores or online shopping or not shopping, I don’t know.”-Kim Barret, owner

Arkansas: Bentonville based Walmart suddenly laid off “hundreds” of corporate and regional office employees (and that’s not including the store shutdowns and layoffs, read on)!

 California: Vernon based clothing retailer BCBG Max Azria Group warned it must shutdown brick-n-mortar stores across the United States, no numbers given. In Berkeley, an American Apparel store shutdown as part of the dead company’s plan to shutdown all 110 stores by April (after selling out to an evil British empire Canadian competitor)! In Santa Barbara, after 63 years Kernohan’s Toys shutdown, the owners said increased competition from big players, and increased operating costs, are killing mom-n-pops.  Ohio based Macy’s issued multiple shutdown WARNS for stores in Santa Barbara, San Diego and San Francisco, more than 310 jobs lost by March! Arkansas based Walmart laying off 174 people at their San Bruno location, by the end of March!  Too Big to Jail San Francisco based (and Warren Buffet owned) Wells Fargo shutting down more than 4-hundred offices by the end of 2018!  San Francisco based GAP laying off 216 people by the end of March!  Wet Seal shutting down their Irvine operations, 148 jobs gone by mid-March! In Petaluma, the decades old Petaluma Valley Athletic Club shutdown because “the economics of this town have changed”, it was sold to a local church.  In Burlingame, Alaska Air Group finally notified state employment development administrators that they eliminated 275 jobs back in October 2016! Utility company Pacific Gas & Electric eliminating more than 250 jobs by mid-March, that’s a according to WARN filings, but local news reports say as many as 450 in-house jobs and 8-hundred contractors will be let go in favor of foreign workers!!!  In Foster City, VISA eliminating 58 jobs by mid-March.  San Diego Sportservice issued a mass shutdown WARN, 1-thousand-130 Qualcomm Stadium  jobs gone by the end of March! Penske Vehicle Services shutting down their Westlake Village ops in April.  In Irvine, live entertainment company Live Nation Worldwide issued a mass shutdown WARN, 905 jobs gone by the end of April!  Bank of the West laying off 47 people in San Ramon, by April.  The Lake Tahoe Ritz Carlton shutting down, 225 jobs supposedly temporarily lost starting in April!  Nordstrum’s shutting down their iconic MainPlace location in Santa Ana, 195 jobs lost in March! In Thousand oaks, Magic Planet costume shop shutdown due to declining profits caused by increased competition and increased rent: “… the rent keeps going up where it’s too high for us to continue. And internet sales. More people are, unfortunately for us, feeling comfortable at home on their computer…”-Michael Brotman, owner

Colorado: After 30 years Boulder Map Gallery shutting down by March, the owner blaming increased use of digital maps by his two largest clients (the federal government and an unnamed corporation) for declining hard copy map sales.  In Cortez, after 70 years Havran Dry Cleaners shutting down, the owner says declining sales means it’s time to retire.

Connecticut: In Stamford, evil British empire based Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) issued yet another layoff WARN, this time 21 people jobless by mid-March. Hotel chain Marriott eliminating 50 jobs in Stamford by the end of March. Penske Vehicle Services shutting down ops in Danbury.  Waterbury based Webster Bank shutting down eight offices across four states.

Florida:   Ohio based Macy’s issued multiple shutdown WARNS for stores in Oviedo, Sarasota and Tampa, 272 jobs lost by mid-March! In Tampa, Advantage-EZ Rent-a-Car laying off 25 people in February.  Also in Tampa, Binder & Binder-Lake Pointe One eliminating 65 jobs by the end of March.  Palmeto based Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey issued a shutdown WARN, 462 jobs gone by the end of May! Circus administrators blame their lack of ticket sales on being forced to stop using elephants in their acts.  Arkansas based Walmart eliminating 79 jobs at their Saint Petersburg store, by the end of March.  In North Miami Beach, Equity One eliminating 48 jobs by June.  In Jacksonville, PHH Mortgage eliminating at least seven jobs by mid-April.  Boca Raton based Home Depot suddenly began eliminating corporate jobs, no warning or explanation to local news media.  Local news media say they were notified by now former employees.  In Orlando, after only five years shopping center Artegon Marketplace shutdown, it was revealed it was put up for sale back in August 2016!  California based Cost Plus World Market shutdown its Coconut Point Mall location, no reason given.

Illinois: Arkansas based Walmart issued a shutdown WARN for its Chicago store on West Monroe Street, 96 jobs gone by mid-March.     Ohio based Macy’s issued a shutdown WARN for its Bloomingdale location, 95 jobs gone by mid-March.  California based GAP suddenly shutdown its Factory Store in Bradley, 20 jobs lost.  The Fitzpatric Company shutting down their Elmherst services ops, 63 jobs gone by the end of March due to “poor economy”.  Jewlery retailer Zales shutdown their Sandburg Mall store, no reason given. ZaZu Gifts shutdown two stores, one in Rockford and one in Roscoe, due to the owner’s health propblems (supposedly diagnoised by a doctor as stress caused by running a mom-n-pop operation). In Douglas, after 95 years (surviving The Great Depression and numerous recessions) Meyers Ace Hardware shutdown due to five years of crashing sales: “I don’t sleep at night, it’s killing me. I still need a job. I am by no means getting rich on this deal.”-Dave Meyers, owner

Indiana: Ascena Retail Group shutdown its women’s clothing store Loft, at the Circle Centre Mall.

Kansas: Topeka based Payless shoe seller suddenly laid off 110 HQ employees!  Elsewhere, another 55 Payless employees were suddenly dumped.  Local news media say laid off employees were given no notice and were escorted out by security guards!  Payless representatives said the decision to suddenly dump 165 employees was made after a review of company performance.  After 52 years Tiffany Town gift store shutdown in Prairie Village, the retiring owner blamed decreased sales and increased rent and operating costs.  Derby Antique Market shutdown due to declining sales.

Maryland: In Baltimore, after 85 years Kurek’s Hardware shutdown, it’s up for sale so the owner can retire.

Massachusetts: In Brocktown, after six years Hogie’s Hobbies shutdown, but continues to run its model railroad museum.  The owner blames customers for his hobby shop shutdown saying for the month of December he had a measly $5-hundred USD in sales: “There’s a lot of people downtown, but they don’t spend their money downtown. The whole atmosphere for people actually shopping here is not here.”-Bill Hogan

Michigan:  Christian founded Habitat for Humanity shutdown two Detroit area ReStores (for lack of sales) and laid off an undisclosed amount of people, blaming it on the fact that more than 40% of the families living in Habitat for Humanity houses can’t pay their supposedly ‘affordable’ low income mortgages! (that’s right, those Habitat for Humanity houses are not free)  In Bay City, after 117 years (surviving numerous recessions and depressions) Utermalen Furniture went out-of-business, the family owners said “Sales were down”.   Benton Harbor based appliance maker Whirlpool said it will eliminate 5-hundred jobs with its Europe, Middle East and Africa dryer manufacturing operations!  In Traverse City, after 34 years Kim’s Hallmark shutdown due to jacked-up rent.

Minnesota: TCI Financial shutting down ten offices located in Cub Food grocery stores, blaming increased rent and decreased customer usage.  Bank UMB shutting down their Warrensburg office, on North Holden Street, in mid-April. Ascena Retail Group suddenly laid off 165  Maurices employees and reassigned 180 jobs, due to crashing brick-n-mortar store sales!  DICK’S Sporting Goods shutdown their Rochester store, on short notice, no reason given.  Dunham’s Discount Sports shutdown their Waite Park store with only two weeks notice, no reason given.

Missouri: Springfield based Bass Pro Shops suddenly laid off HQ employees, supposedly “less than 20″ due to ” the dramatically shifting retail landscape”.  In Saint Joseph, after 17 years Once Upon a Child hand-me-down clothing store shutting down in March.

New Hampshire: Still kickin’ but dying Radio Shack shutdown their store in Keene.  What’s left of the Radio Shack chain is now owned by Standard General LP.

New Jersey:  Ohio based Macy’s issued a shutdown WARN for its Moorestown store, 117 jobs gone by mid-March!  Zoo Printing laying off 65 people in West Deptford, by the end of March.  Public transportation contractor Transdev eliminating 64 jobs in Union, by the end of March.  The British empire based christian Salvation Army shutdown its Newark Family Thrift store due to crashing sales.  City administrators are worried as the thrift store helped fund local social programs.

New Mexico: In Albuquerque, Hey Johnny shutdown their brick-n-mortar store, the owner blamed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project for literally driving away potential customers from the Nob Hill area.  In the same city, Shoes on a Shoestring shutting down its store on Coors NorthWest, as soon as inventory is sold.

New York:  Ohio based Macy’s issued multiple shutdown WARNS for stores in Douglaston, Johnson City, Clay and Rochester, more than 3-hundred jobs lost by mid April!  In Brooklyn-NYC, after 29 years the Sport Prospect store shutting down in February, so the owner can retire.  In NYC, GL Bus Lines eliminating 80 jobs by April. In Queensbury, the Aviation Mall hit by the shutdown of four tenants; Zumiez, a Hallmark, Ye Olde Gift Shoppe and a Harley-Davidson themed store.  Local news media reports that since December the mall lost ten stores! At Terminal 7, JFK Airport, Aviation Safeguards shutting down their baggage handling ops, 63 jobs lost by the end of March due to contract being canceled by evil British empire British Airways.  At LaGuardia Airport Delta-Flight Center, Terminal D, Gate Aviation Services shutting down due to loss of contract with Delta, 203 jobs lost by April!  Advertising company Gordon Sinclair getting the hell outta The Empire State, at least 81 production jobs moving to Pennsylvania by April.  The evil family Clinton Foundation killing more jobs, this time 22 Global Initiative people unemployed by mid April (they laid off 74 people right after Xmas 2016).  In Buffalo, Operations of Global Spectrum shutting down due to loss of contract with Spectra at Canalside, 194 jobs gone by the end of March!  In NYC, Bit’z Wits kids store shutting down its six years old location on Greenwich by March. Despite making custom clothing for First Lady Michelle Obama, snooty Bibhu Mohapatra now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.   After 30 years Pets NYC-Metro Pets shutdown, the owner Gene King bitched about a common problem saying “In a nutshell, the rent is not affordable”, as well as jacked up costs of pet supplies and local taxes.  In Brighton, after 20 years Cinemark Movies 10 shutdown, probably in connection to the 2016 takeover of Cinemark by AMC Theaters.  In New Hartford, after more than 30 years Tracy’s Hallmark store shutting down by the end of February, the owner blamed competition and the new minimum wage hike. After 34 years The Village Toy Shop shutdown, the owner blamed crashing sales.  Also in New Hartford, after 20 yeras Joette’s Gifts announced a shutdown by the end of Summer: “Most people do not support local business and there are too many copycats.”-Joette Swisher, owner

North Carolina: Mooresville based home improvment retailer Lowes eliminating 2-thousand 4-hundred full time jobs at stores and distribution centers across the United States! Administrators blame it on “dramatic shifts that are reshaping the retail landscape”. Family Dollar shutdown its store in Old Fort, saying it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease.  Wyndam Capital Mortgage suddenly laid off 74 HQ employees, blaming “changing market conditions.”  In Morganton, Vivian’s Sewing Shop shutdown after 24 years: “I’m 68 years old and I need to go ahead and retire so I can enjoy some time with my husband before we end up taking care of each other.”-Vivian Cantor

North Dakota: New York & Company shutdown its West Acres Mall women’s clothing store, no reason given.

Ohio: Stow Sports and Promotions shutting down its brick-n-mortar store to focus on internet sales only because “The model of having store hours and purchasing a half-million-dollars worth of merchandise and second guessing what customers want has changed.”  Camping retailer Gander Mountain shutting down its Sheffield Village in February.  Despite claiming to be “in a season of growth” Gander Mountain admin apparently decided not to compete with a Cabelas store that recently opened in the area. In West Chester, Sharon’s Hallmark shutdown, local news media indicated that no reason was made public. New Albany based Abercrombie and Fitch suddenly laid off 150 HQ employees due to “the current retail environment”!  Columbus based clothing retailer The Limited now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, 250 stores up for sale, about 4-thousand jobs lost! In Worthington, after almost 23 years Wren House Gifts shutting down in February. The owner blamed lack of customers who actually buy something, jacked-up operating costs and a new landlord.  Elder Beerman shutdown its Ohio Valley Mall department store, the space will now be chopped up into smaller retail ops. Ascena Retail Group shutdown its Ann Taylor clothing store in the Summit Mall.  Maumee based general store chain The Anderson’s gave up and suddenly shutdown all remaining stores, 1-thousand-50 jobs lost!  Macy’s shutting down 68 stores and increased its previously announced layoffs to 10-thousand-1-hundred: “We continue to experience declining traffic in our stores…..we are closing locations that are unproductive……due to changes in the local retail shopping landscape.”-Terry Lundgren, ceo

Oregon:  Ohio based Macy’s issued a shutdown WARN for its Portland store, 96 jobs gone by March. Connecticut based printing company Cenveo suddenly shutdown their Portland ops, 91 jobs lost.

Pennsylvania: California based clothing chain PacSun shutting down two stores, one in Tanger Outlets Hershey and one at Colonial Park Mall. California based Victoria’s Secret shutdown its Former Mall store. Ohio based  Bath & Body Works shutdown its Former Mall store.  Ohio based Macy’s issued multiple shutdown WARNS for stores in Bensalem and Monaca, 267 jobs gone starting in March!  In Doylestown, after almost 69 years Foster’s Toys & Party Center shutting down in February.  According to local news media, it was increased rent and increased competition that did them in.  Artfully Elegant shutdown its brick-n-mortar store to focus on internet sales only.

South Carolina: In Wellford, non-profit Hollywild Animal Park laid off the majority of paid staff and is now relying on unpaid volunteers.  Administrators blame lack of donations and warned that 5-hundred animals could be culled because they are not “releasable”.

Tennessee: Fred’s Discount Store shutting down a store in Johnson City, in March.

Texas: Dallas based fitness retailer Luke’s Locker now chapter 11 bankrupt busted. Stores across The Lone Star State were shutdown temporarily, for about one week.  Mormon Mitt Romney wunderkind Staples shutting down its store in Lubbock, as part of plans to give up on its brick-n-mortar ops and focus on the internet.  Lone Star National Bank shutting down a San Antonio office on San Pedro Avenue, supposedly due to lack of customers.

Virginia: California based clothing chain PacSun shutdown its Manassas Mall store, with less than a week’s notice.  In Fredericksburg, Sweet Caroline’s kids clothing store shutdown. Privately run nonprofit Colonial Williamsburg suddenly laid off 40 people due to lack of funding. I was there in the mid-1970s, made me feel patriotic and reminds you who the mortal enemy of the U.S. of A. is; the evil British empire!  Clothier J.Crew shutdown their Lynchburg Clearance Store, administrators admitted they were getting away from brick-n-mortar ops to focus on internet sales.

Washington:  Ohio based Macy’s issued a shutdown WARN for its Everett store, 135 jobs gone by March!

West Virginia: In Charleston, after 60 years Sneed’s Vacuum & Sewing Service shutdown, the family owners said “Someone made us an offer out of the blue, we….decided it was a good time to retire”  In Triadelphia, Michael’s crafts store shutting down by the end of February, administrators said it wasn’t worth renewing the lease.

Wisconsin: MC Sports shutting down its ten years old Plover store as soon  as inventory is gone.  Northwestern Mutual warning of mass layoffs, said to be in the “hundreds”, even though the Too Big to Jail bank is spending $450-million USD building a new corporate HQ!  In Greendale, after only three years Ascena Retail Group shutdown its women’s clothing store Loft, at the Southridge Mall location.  In Portage, local government jerks shutdown and stole the property of 33 years old Gruber Automotive auto shop, using ’eminent domain’ as the excuse!

Wyoming: Outdoor clothing chain Sierra Trading Post laid off 40 employees at its Cheyenne ‘fulfillment center’ due to “restructuring”.

Retail/Banking/Service sector December 2016: “I AM FIGHTING….AN UNWINNABLE FIGHT.”



ObamaCare (ACA) Death Spiral, January 2017: “A STREAMLINING OF OPERATIONS.”

Dumbing Down the U.S.A., January 2017: “I’M SCARED….FOR A BAD REASON!”

U.S. Food Crisis, January 2017: “IT’S GETTING TOUGH OUT THERE.”

U.S. Hi-Tech/Communications breakdown, January 2017: “I FEEL LIKE WE ARE BEING BLED.” “AND IT’S GETTING WORSE.”

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification.

I found a 2010 AFL-CIO analysis (titled The Public Availability of WARN Notices: Lack of Accessibility and Disclosure…) which proves what I’ve been suspecting in my search of state WARN notices; most states are not complying with federal WARN regulations and are not publicizing or tracking mass layoffs.

Former employees who receive severance are not counted as unemployed!

Employees of religious non-profits might not qualify for unemployment assistance: “If the non-profit organization is a church, you may or may not be entitled to unemployment. It all depends upon state regulations for church employers. In many cases, churches are allowed to set their own rules regarding unemployment benefits, meaning the church can choose whether to offer benefits to former employees.”

The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) no longer issues mass layoff reports: “On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the- board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all ‘measuring green jobs’ products. This news release is the final publication of monthly mass layoff survey data.”

Obama Legacy: China kicks America’s Ass in jobs for Africa!

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“China ranks the 7th in terms of project numbers in Africa, but it created the most jobs, which is unexpected by many people.”-Jeremy Stevens, Standard Bank Group

During the last two years of the Obama regime China has become the number one creator of jobs on the African continent, despite billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars spent by the evil USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and USAfriCom (United States Africa Command).

At an economic meeting last week (in Kenya) it was revealed that in the past two years China has created nearly 30-thousand jobs in Africa!  Last year the U.S. based World Bank admitted that despite propaganda from the Obama regime, 93% of Chinese companies in Kenya are hiring Africans.  (interesting that China is doing so well in Barack Obama’s paternal homeland of Kenya)

Why is China so successful and the U.S. not?  Simple, China is spending its taxpayer’s money on creating jobs while the U.S. spends money on so called disaster relief and supposedly fighting ‘terrorism’.  At this past Friday’s economic meeting in Kenya African leaders stated that job creation is all they’re looking for from foreign investments. In other words they want butter, not guns.

But lets not put all the blame on Barack Obama, last week Donald Trump quietly banned one hundred Africans from attending a economic forum here in the U.S.  To add insult to injury, the economic forum was focusing on trade with Africa!

Kenya to drop U.S. dollar for Chinese Yuan

 Trump slashes financial aid to Kenya’s health sector in budget proposals





JCPenney Hit-List revealed! 138 stores begin shutting down in two weeks!

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Texas based iconic U.S. retailer JCPenney revealed its 1st half 2017 store hit-list, 138 stores going down and as many as 6-thousand jobs being culled from the U.S. economy!

Two weeks from now 138 stores across the U.S. will begin liquidation sales, however, contrary to reports in February which said the stores would close by May many stores will now have until June to shutdown.  Also, JCPenney administrators claim they’ll keep the amount of job losses to a mere 5-thousand.

Alabama:  Auburn Mall-Auburn, Tannehill Promenade-Bessemer,  Gadsden Mall-Gadsen, Jasper Mall-Jasper.

Arkansas: Military Plaza-Benton, Chickasaw Plaza-Blytheville.

Arizona: Riverview Mall-Bullhead City.

California: Downtown Bishop-Bishop, Sunwest Plaza-Lodi, The Village at Orange-Orange, Hilltop Mall-Richmond.

Colorado: Fort Morgan Main Street-Fort Morgan, Glenwood Springs Mall-Glenwood Springs, Saint Vrain Centre-Longmont, Broadway Plaza-Sterling.

Connecticut: Connecticut Post Mall-Milford.

Florida: Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center-Jacksonville,  Palatka Mall-Palatka.

Georgia: Dublin Mall-Dublin, Macon Mall-Macon, Milledgeville Mall-Milledgeville, Gateway Plaza-Thomasville, Tifton Mall-Tifton.

Iowa: Downtown Decorah-Decorah, Crossroads Mall-Fort Dodge, Penn Central Mall-Oskaloosa, Quincy Place-Ottumwa.

Idaho: Snake River Plaza (apparently the last remaining tenant of the mall)-Burley.

Illinois: Eastland Mall-Bloomington, Fulton Square-Canton, Village Square Mall-Effingham, Freestanding-Macomb, Peru Mall-Peru, Northland Mall-Sterling, Centerpointe of Woodridge-Woodridge,

Indiana: FairOaks Mall-Columbus, Connersville Plaza-Connersville, Huntington Plaza-Huntington, Jasper Manor Center-Jasper, Logansport Mall-Logansport.

Kansas: Chanute Square-Chanute, Downtown Great Bend-Great Bend, Hutchinson Mall-Hutchinson, Lawrence, Winfield Plaza-Winfield.

Louisiana: Cortana Mall-Baton Rouge, Park Terrace-DeRidder,  North Shore Square-Slidell.

Massachusetts: Berkshire Mall-Lanesborough.

Maryland: Easton Marketplace-Easton.

Maine: Rockland Plaza-Rockland.

Michigan: Lakeview Square Mall-Battle Creek, Delta Plaza-Escanaba, Westshore Mall-Holland, Copper Country Mall-Houghton, Birchwood Mall-Kingsford, Midland Mall-Midland, Cascade Crossings-Sault Sainte Marie.

Minnesota: Central Lakes Crossing-Baxter, Five Lakes Centre-Fairmont, Faribo West Mall-Faribault, Irongate Plaza-Hibbing, Hutchinson Mall-Hutchinson, Red Wing Mall-Red Wing, Downtown Thief River Falls-Thief River Falls, Winona.

Missouri: Maryville Center-Maryville.

Mississippi: Leigh Mall-Columbus,  Southgate Plaza-Corinth, Greenville Mall-Greenville, Bonita Lakes Mall-Meridian, Oxford Mall-Oxford.

Montana: Capital Hill Mall-Helena, Sidney Main Street-Sidney.

North Carolina: Albemarle Crossing-Albemarle, Boone Mall-Boone, Eastridge Mall-Gastonia, Blue Ridge Mall-Hendersonville, Monroe Crossing-Monroe, Becker Village Mall-Roanoke Rapids.

North Dakota: Prairie Hills Mall-Dickinson, Buffalo Mall-Jamestown, Downtown Wahpeton-Wahpeton.

Nebraska: Fremont Mall-Fremont, Downtown McCook-McCook, Platte River Mall-North Platte.

New Jersey: Rio Grande Plaza-Rio Grande.

Nevada: The Boulevard-Las Vegas.

New York: Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza-Dunkirk, Westfield Sunrise-Massapequa, Palisades Center-West Nyack.

Ohio: Findlay Village Mall-Findlay, New Towne Mall-New Philadelphia, Richmond Town Square-Richmond Heights, Saint Mary’s Square-Saint Marys.

Oklahoma: Altus Plaza-Altus, Ne-Mar Shopping Center-Claremore, Ponca Plaza-Ponca City, Pioneer Square Shopping Center-Stillwater.

Oregon: Astoria Downtown-Astoria, Grants Pass Shopping Center- Grants Pass, La Grande Downtown-La Grande, Downtown Pendleton-Pendleton, The Dalles Main Street-The Dalles.

Pennsylvania: Columbia Mall-Bloomsburg, Clearfield Mall-Clearfield, King of Prussia Mall-King of Prussia, Philadelphia Mills-Philadelphia, Bradford Towne Centre-Towanda, Lycoming Mall-Pennsdale, Willow Grove Park-Willow Grove.

South Carolina: Citadel Mall-Charleston, Town ‘N Country-Easley.

South Dakota: Palace Mall-Mitchell, Northridge Plaza-Pierre, Watertown Mall-Watertown, Yankton Mall-Yankton.

Tennessee: Greeneville Commons-Greeneville, Knoxville Center-Knoxville, County Market Place-Union City.

Texas: Athens Village Shopping Center-Athens, Borger Shopping Plaza-Borger, Heartland Mall-Early, El Paso Downtown-El Paso, Marshall Mall-Marshall, McAllen Downtown-McAllen, University Mall-Nacogdoches, King Plaza Shopping Center-Seguin, Bosque River Center-Stephenville.

Virginia: New River Valley Mall-Christiansburg, Tanglewood Mall-Roanoke.

Washington: Pilchuck Landing-Snohomish.

Wisconsin: Pine Tree Mall-Marinette, Marshfield Mall-Marshfield, Richland Square Shopping Center-Richland Center, Rapids Mall Wisconsin-Rapids.

West Virginia: Foxcroft Towne Center-Martinsburg.

Wyoming: Downtown Sheridan-Sheridan.



“substantial doubt” : Sears Kmart Death Spiral update, March 2017

“Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”-Sears Holdings, 2017 annual 10-K report

CNBC: Sears suppliers hold back shipments; “We have to protect ourselves from the risk of nonpayment.”-unnamed supplier

USAToday: Sears bankruptcy threatens pay for retirees!

Business insider: “The warranties are going to be a huge issue. There’s a real risk that they will not be honored.”

“We have a valuable real estate portfolio, which at the end of the fourth quarter comprised 1,050 leases with significant optionality, as well as 380 owned stores, many in prominent locations. We will continue to assess opportunities to right-size our store footprint and inventory levels aligned to our ongoing transformation to an asset-light integrated retail model.“- Jason Hollar, Sears cfo explaining how they plan to generate more liquidity

Sears Canada took-on a $300-million CAD loan from KKR Capital.  It’ll be split over time in two issues, however, it is dependent upon viable assets presented to cover the loan. It’s for ‘general’ corporate use.

Sears Holdings hinted at more plans to sell-off more stores and eliminate more jobs, and the investors loved it (they showed their approval by driving up the stock price, only to realize days later that it was hopeless and drove it down again).

Seeking Alpha: “There appears to be another error in the financial presentations released by Sears.”

Forbes: “…declines at Kmart were driven by declines in consumer electronics, grocery & household, apparel and toys categories. Meanwhile comps decline at Sears was driven by declines in home appliances, apparel, consumer electronics and tools categories.”


RetailDIVE: “Alasdair James, president and chief member officer of Sears Holding Co.’s Kmart unit since 2014, has left the company…”

In February, Sears Holdings announced they were laying off 130 corporate employees as part of a plan to “create a more nimble operating structure capable of driving the company’s strategic transformation forward.”

In California, WARN filings revealed the Sears Hometown store in San Leandro shutdown at the end of December 2016, and the historic Santa Monica Sears is shutting down, 80 jobs lost by April.  Local news reports say the Santa Monica Sears building is being redeveloped.  In North Hollywood, local news media reporting that a very profitable Sears store suddenly began a ‘remodeling’ project by ripping up the flooring.  Loyal, and apparently plentiful, customers were afraid the store was being shutdown.  But Sears reps told the local press that they are making improvements as the store because “This store is a very successful store for Sears. We are very busy and very profitable.”

In Florida, evil Sears Holdings spawn Seritage Growth Properties notified local government administrators that it plans to shutdown a Kmart near North Miami, and chop it up into smaller retail spaces.

In Hawaii, local news media reporting that the only Kmart on Maui is shutting down by mid-June.

In Michigan, local news media reported that the Livonia Kmart was shutting down by mid-April.

In Pennsylvania, local news media reporting that the Bald Eagle Township Kmart is shutting down by mid-June, when the lease expires.