Talbot’s Lakeville distribution center will close in November

The Talbot distribution center located in Lakeville will permanently close in November.

On May 13, the company notified the state of the impending layoff of 277 people as a result of the shutdown. The plan is to close the distribution center in three phases, beginning July 29 and ending November 11.

The Lakeville fulfillment center is the only fulfillment center for the Hingham-based company, which in addition to sending apparel to the chain’s more than 550 retail outlets also processes all online orders.

The one million square foot distribution center is located on Kenneth Welch Drive in Lakeville in the Great Pond Industrial Park.

The Talbot brand started in 1947 and soon moved to a historic house in Hingham, painting the door red to symbolize welcome, according to the company’s website. The “red door” has become a hallmark of the Talbot’s brand.

In 2012 the company was purchased by Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm which also purchased Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, The Limited, Hot Topic, Staples and other retailers.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly affected Talbot’s, with its core demographic of older professional women more likely to work from home since 2020. As a result, the S&P downgraded the company’s status to “deep junk territory.” in January 2001.

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