QVC will lay off over 1,900 employees at former plant, status of rebuilding uncertain

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCT) — More than 1,900 employees will be laid off by QVC after a distribution facility was destroyed by fire in December.

Nexstar’s WNCN reports the 1.5 million square foot distribution center was the second biggest in the company. It caught fire and was severely damaged. One employee, Kevon Ricks, 21, was killed in the fire.

The ATF was brought in to investigate the fire.

WNCN reports that, according to documents from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, QVC will lay off 1.953 employees in total effective Feb. 1. That’s the same date the company agreed to begin separation benefits. A one-time payout of $500 was given out to every employee impacted.

After Feb. 1, QVC said “applicable separation benefits will begin for impacted team members.” QVC has also said that no long-term decision has been made regarding the status of the site. However, WNCN reports the paperwork filed with the Department of Commerce said the facility will permanently close.

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