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News : L.L. Bean to Vacate Call Center Early to Make Way for New Tenant
Bangor, ME, USA, Jan 28, 2016 -- L.L. Bean will clear out of its Bangor call center a month earlier than expected in order to make way for the next tenant, company officials confirmed Thursday.
Employees were notified on Wednesday that the call center would shut down at the end of March so the next tenant could begin preparations to move into the building, according to L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem.
City officials say they’re close to closing a deal with a new company to take over the 30,000-square-foot space.
"The City of Bangor is in fact working toward a successful conclusion of negotiations with a new tenant for the building that L.L. Bean will be vacating," said Tanya Emery, the city’s economic development director. "The city has worked closely with L.L. Bean through this process and we are grateful for their willingness to assist us in attracting a new company to fill this space and create new jobs in Bangor.
About 200 year-round employees work there, with hundreds more seasonal employees joining during the holidays. Beem said about 80 percent of those employees have accepted positions at other call centers or in other parts of the company, and some are working from home. A handful of others retired or left the company, she said.
Beam said L.L. Bean has had "a great relationship" with the city and wanted to help make this transition as easy as possible by announcing their intentions to leave more than a year in advance, and later by agreeing to leave early.
"The city has worked closely with L.L. Bean through this process and we are grateful for their willingness to assist us in attracting a new company to fill this space and create new jobs in Bangor," Emery said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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L.L.Bean, Inc., branded as L.L.Bean, is an American privately held mail-order, online, and retail company founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean and currently based in Freeport, Maine, United States.
Published: Friday, January 29, 2016