Birks Group to close its 80-person Tamarac administrative office next year, retain small office in South Florida

 

Birks Group, the parent of Mayors jewelry stores, said Tuesday that it will close its Tamarac administrative office over a three-month period beginning in January 2015. The office has a staff of 80 employees.

The move to consolidate the Tamarac office into the Montreal-based publicly traded company’s headquarters is part of a restructuring Birks announced after the close of the markets, along with a 2014 fiscal year loss of $5.8 million.

Birks plans to retain a “small administrative office” in South Florida to support its retail operations, said Eva Hartling, vice president of marketing and communications for the company. It is not yet known how many employees will remain in South Florida, she said. Some employees also may choose to relocate to Montreal.

“We need to reduce our overhead costs,” Hartling said. The company does not plan to close any of its Florida retail stores, which are profitable, including its nine Mayor’s stores in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, she said.

Birks said it expects to incur restructuring costs over the next twelve months of between $2 million and $4 million, primarily consisting of employee severance, professional fees and possible costs related to terminating certain leases.

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