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Maurices/Ascena Eliminates About 10 Positions in Duluth

About ten jobs have been eliminated at the Duluth headquarters of maurices.  Some of the eliminated positions were part of maurices' parent company, ascena. About ten jobs have been eliminated at the Duluth headquarters of maurices. Some of the eliminated positions were part of maurices' parent company, ascena. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

June 15, 2017 02:29 PM

About ten positions have been eliminated at the Duluth campus of maurices and its parent company ascena as part of what the company called "operational model changes."

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The jobs eliminated include people who worked for maurices and in ascena brand services. They are among about 200 being eliminated across the company.

Ascena said the move is part of a transformation program that launched last fall and is designed to make the company and its brands better, faster, and more cost-efficient.

"The Change for Growth transformation is critical to our long-term success and, more importantly, to provide a strong future for our more than 17,000 associates across the Value Fashion segment," said George Goldfarb, who heads ascena's Value Fashion segment, in a prepared statement. The Value Fashion segment includes the maurices and dressbarn brands.

"Maurices has been headquartered in Duluth for over 85 years, and we've grown to more than 1,000 stores across the country and $1 billion in sales, but the retail landscape is changing very quickly and we have to position ourselves to serve the new demands of our customers. It’s always hard to say goodbye to talented associates through transitions, but I'm very grateful to all of them for their contributions," Goldfarb said.

The model changes were announced Thursday, one week after ascena announced plans to close about 250 stores across all eight of its brands. It has not been determined which stores will close, or how many stores in each of the eight brands will be affected.


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