Thread regarding Follett layoffs

Who's Next?

With the overnight closing of another Chicagoland store, you almost have to wonder which one will be next. I think the stores in Wheaton & Dekalb are safe for now and Loyola will probably be safe until March Madness, but will any of the other 41ers last until 2022? I think Dixon is next, but nothing would surprise me anymore.

The former Region 41 stores are the closest to the home office, so I think that they are a good measure of the direction that the company is headed is, but I don't know if other regions are having the same problems.

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It could be COD. Things got so bad last year that JH had to step in and pretty much beg for forgiveness. It's not good since that was usually their pilot store and it used to be the place to be. It probably did not help matters when she shot the back-to-school video at Wheaton instead.

Now rumor has it that the store manager is taking on side jobs from his former RM, and has hardly been seen at COD in weeks.

I read somewhere that Follett opened 7 stores this past Fall. They only closed 25.

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Post ID: @oxir+1dsBXJUN

If a store goes virtual, do the out of work staff receive virtual paychecks?

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Post ID: @2bje+1dsBXJUN

Which region is De Kalb in? Did it get moved after the shake up?

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Post ID: @2gic+1dsBXJUN

If a physical store closed but is still remaining as a virtual store, that sounds more like a campus decision, not a Follett one. Especially given what else you said. The school may have decided they want to reclaim that space for something else. But who knows. We're all just guessing at this point.

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Post ID: @eep+1dsBXJUN

Morton in Cicero- It's more about how fast it happened. No one said anything about them closing (going virtual for now), and they were given hours for Spring Rush, so it is almost like they didn't want us to know. They were an Access store, so going in that direction will not help you, no matter how much they push it. And yes, their financials were not great this year, but they were decent before.

I get that stores close, but in the middle of the semester? With no warning to students or staff?

Also, this region has no RM and is unlikely to get one before the end of the year, and store managers are dropping as well with no one to look for new ones.

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Post ID: @ldf+1dsBXJUN

A store closing isn't really indicative of anything. Stores open and close all the time. We lose contracts and we gain them.

Tell us more about this store: Were they profitable, or were they losing money? Did the school end the contract, or did we? There are a lot more factors involved than just "store closing = Follett is doomed."

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