MEC announces more layoffs due to impacts of coronavirus pandemic

Jul 9 2020, 1:05 am

Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has announced more layoffs across the company due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an emailed statement to Daily Hive, a MEC representative confirmed the layoffs, stating the move was a “last resort.”

“Parting ways with employees and terminating roles due to the impacts of COVID-19 is not taken lightly… The declaration of a public health emergency, the various public health recommendations, federal and provincial government mandated restrictions on gatherings, the need for social distancing, the considerable economic impact, and the impact of COVID-19 generally has had a significant impact on the retail industry, MEC and our teams,” reads the statement.

“We are committed to moving forward in the best interest of our organization, employees, and members during this global crisis.”

MEC did not confirm how many employees have been let go.

The outdoor retailer previously announced layoffs in April, stating the pandemic’s economic impact on the company was “severe.”

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