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Jacksonville firm Venus Fashion tells state it plans 120 layoffs at distribution center

Unlike many companies who have cut their workforces during the coronavirus pandemic, Venus didn’t discuss reasons for the layoffs.
Credit: Venus Swimwear
Venus Swimswear

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Jacksonville clothing manufacturer Venus Fashion Inc. has told state officials it plans to lay off about 120 employees at its Imeson Park distribution center.

A notice sent to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced plans to eliminate a series of jobs involving distribution, receiving, replenishment, order fulfillment and several related roles.

Jobs will continue until at least Oct. 10, and final dates for people leaving hadn’t been settled when the notice, dated Aug. 10, was written.

A state website for layoff announcements says the state was notified Wednesday.

Unlike many companies who have cut their workforces during the coronavirus pandemic, Venus didn’t discuss reasons for the layoffs.

Phone and email messages to the company Thursday asking about the layoffs were not returned.

The company, known for its catalog marketing of women’s swimwear and clothing, has operated its distribution center since 2017 while keeping its headquarters off Beach Boulevard near Interstate 295 on the Southside.

In contrast to firms that quickly folded from the pandemic’s business impacts, Venus began manufacturing protective masks in March and in May moved ahead with a $775,000 in renovations to part of its headquarters building at 11711 Marco Beach Drive.

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