Online retailer Amazon plans to close a book-making warehouse in North Charleston which could lay off up to 149 employees.
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released a WARN notice on Tuesday stating that 149 of the warehouses workers will be affected by the closure on February 15.
According to documents available from SCDEW, the Amazon warehouse will be the sixth-largest closure in South Carolina during 2016. In a letter to the DEW, Amazon stated that it will give all its employees the option of relocating to keep their job, likely to its massive distribution facility in Columbia.
The North Charleston site is related to CreateSpace, an Amazon subsidiary that helps unsigned authors, artists and musicians distribute books, CDs, and DVDs to retail stores across the country. CreateSpace also acts as a marketing hub for self publishing artist to promote their work. The group was originally founded in 2000 by a South Carolina startup called BookSurge before it was purchased by Amazon in 2005 and merged with another company.
State law requires companies to issue an advanced notice if its layoffs or closures would affect 50 full-time employees or more. Amazon notified all its workers about shutting the warehouse down before the mandated 60-day period.
The Post and Currier reports that Amazon moved into the warehouse in 2012 with the hopes of adding 200 jobs. The City of Charleston paid $2.5 million to renovate the building as long as Amazon repaid the money if it were to leave within 5 years.