Charlotte based-department store, Belk is shifting corporate employees to part-time or full-time remote work.
The 133 year old chain has plans to sublease its West Tyvola Road headquarters. Around 1,200 corporate office employees work for Belk.
After most companies in Charlotte adopted a hybrid work model, Belk is also planning to go for a mix of in-office and remote work. This move comes after the company noticed that the employees were more satisfied with working from home during the pandemic.
The company observed an improvement in productivity during the pandemic and Belk employees are in favor of remote work.
“We were able to adapt and innovate, and have strategically shifted our home office workforce to continue working predominantly remotely.”Jessica Rohlik, Belk Spokesperson
Belk is planning to use the excess space in local stores as meeting rooms. This will allow corporate employees to work closely with store products and customers.
This transition will not lead to any layoffs, as stated by Belk.
In 2016, Belk had signed a 15 year lease on its property at 2801 W. Tyvola Road. During that time, all corporate employees were working from a 475,000-square-foot office space.
Belk has 291 department stores and 17,000 employees in 16 Southeast states.
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