Garden Ridge Fires Employees

Garden Ridge Fires Employees

There are 226 comments on the KTHV-TV story from Dec 8, 2008, titled Garden Ridge Fires Employees. In it, KTHV-TV reports that:

Just weeks before Christmas, Today's THV learns that Garden Ridge in west Little Rock fired all of its employees.

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Houston, TX

#45 Jan 29, 2009
GardenRidgeHorri ble

Larchmont, NY

#46 Feb 1, 2009
Garden Ridge has a slew of problems and I suggest to everyone I know not to shop there. The management there is absolutely horrible. I am not surprised to read these things about them on the internet or that the company went into bankruptcy before. They treat their workers like dirt and find any reason to fire employees so that they don't have to pay unemployment benefits to their workers.

Dallas, TX

#47 Feb 4, 2009
Garden Ridge not only has a slew of problems they only continue to create more of their own. Their merchandise is marked up way high.. they are getting rid of their party departments, candles and 50 percent of the housewares. They have also elimnated also half of their employees without even having any consideration of their time frame of delivering the news. "Oh we will tell you on Monday" and then not even have the courtesy to say anything till days later. They have no customer service and you can't even call in to find out if they have a product. Their whole focus is NOT TO BE A CUSTOMER SERVICE COMPANY. In fact, employees are told not to make any contacts with the customers and not even help the customers out with large items unless the customer themselves asks. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?

Bixby, OK

#48 Feb 7, 2009

Bixby, OK

#49 Feb 7, 2009
I worked for Garden Ridge for a while and here is what I have heard from a friend who still works there:
-Right now the ONLY position that is safe in that store in the General Managers. All other managers will be terminated and they can sign up to re-interview for their jobs. ALL store locations are hiring for Managers across the US...just do a search on Career Builder and you will see that. NOT because they are not doing their jobs, but because Garden Ridge is trying to become more "profitable" by dumping their higher store salaries and bringing in some new managers who they could get cheaply.
-It is true that they are moving away from customer service and wanting it to be more of a "self serve" store. That is why the employees are not spread out during their shifts and instead they move around the store in a little horde to get things done.
-It is true that the cashiers and floor people (the ones you can find) are NOT supposed to ask if you need assistance with getting large items out. If asked, Garden Ridge will help you load item from the curb as opposed to out in the parking lot. This is not that bad I actually understand this one.
-All you hourly employees get ready, when they do this "restructuring" some of the hourly employees will be asked to go to salary. This is a BAD thing. Garden Ridge will pay you based on a 40 hour work week most likely but I am sure you will be asked to work some longer days as part of the deal.
-And for the managers who get to stay on with such a "great" company...the General Manager and the Co-Manager (new title for the AGM) will get to work the morning shifts while the two other managers on the staff will always be working the PM shift which includes staying until midnight. Fun!!!!!

Cabot, AR

#50 Feb 7, 2009
CAF wrote:
Until you've owned a retail operation don't be too quick to judge. Owners must protect their investment. I bet that if any of the employees were doing their jobs they would have kept them. No one gets rid of good employees. I will continue to shop at Garden Ridge and I appreciste a company committed to GOOD customer service.
If they loose all their customers...they won't have a business to save.


#51 Feb 11, 2009
Today and until the "transition period" is up, everyone was told not to punch in when they came to work, until they talked to management to see if they still have a job or not!
All the Hourly Employees will now be called Merchandise Managers, and will no longer be hourly, but placed on Salary, having to work anywhere from 45-60 hours a week.(And believe me your pay will average out to less then what you had been making before.)
The General Manager and the Co-Manager (new title for the AGM) will get to work the morning shifts while the two other managers on the staff will always be working the PM shift which includes staying until midnight.
Garden Ridge will now be requiring Drug Test to work there.
Employees will be sent out to test their ability to lift 50 pounds, which is required of everyone at anytime.
Part Time employees will start out at $9.00 an hour.
Garden Ridge is getting rid of their Party Department, Candle Department and 50-100% of the Houseware Department.Garden Ridge no longer offers customer service, they now consider the store to be "self service."
Cashiers and floor people (the ones you can find) are NOT supposed to ask if you need assistance with getting large items out. If the customer does ask you for help, Garden Ridge will help you load item from the curb as opposed to out in the parking lot, period.

Of all 65 employees working in our store, only 18 got to keep their far the employees that have been fired are:
Assistant General Manager: Tamara Wood
Assistant Manager: Antanida
Cash Office/Personal: Laura Davis
Floor employee/cashiers:
Mary, Judy, Mike, Wilton, Barbara, Rachel, Victoria
I will let you know the rest tomorrow after work.
Hey, if you got fired, why don't you post a comment on here, so we know how you feel about it.
Soon to be Fired

Chardon, OH

#52 Feb 12, 2009
I have a question for you. The rumors have been flying at our store. Did they announce this new program a couple of weeks ago or did they just walk in and blind side everyone with this?
Tulsa Garden ridge

Star, MS

#53 Feb 13, 2009
You guys might like to know these exact events are occurring at the Tulsa store. Assistant managers already have resumes in at other places, etc.. candles party gone blah blah blah. The folks that took over that company, particularly after the bankruptcy, have run it into the ground, imo. They might as well forget the whole thing , it's not the same retailer that once made it special place to shop.
Tulsa Garden ridge

Star, MS

#54 Feb 13, 2009
Oh and locke is right, it's about money not them not doing their jobs. Garden Ridge is shedding payroll. The ones that are the best workers and have been there the longest also make the most money.


#55 Feb 13, 2009
It's not just about the money, yes that is part of it, but it also has to do with:
Job Performance.
The ability to follow Policies and Procedures.
What hours you are able to work, which should be "Open".
And the most important factors, who you know and if the band wagon likes you.
Tulsa Garden ridge

Star, MS

#56 Feb 13, 2009
I can tell you this: there are some that will be fired who are great workers. Sure they'll cut loose the people that don't work but since when does GR corporate care if some random associate, in some random store, in some random city, is a good worker?? I'll tell you, they don't.

They only care how much you're making....particularly the ones that have spent a decade or more at the Tulsa store and thru raises now make more than GR is willing to pay them.

This whole thing is an excuse to cut these people loose.

I worked there and they hire crappy workers all the time and this whole episode won't stop them from hiring crappy people in the future too. However, they'll be able to make them work more hours, for less money. GR will take cheap crappy workers over good ones that make good money, all day long. Someone mentioned GR being a flea market with a corporate office.

That is actually being kind. GR corporate is like the fourth string of corporate executives. These folks couldn't market their way out of a paper bag. They had everything going for them: uniqueness, customer loyalty, profit making model, and these bozos managed to flush it all away. Frankly, they are idiots. And this is coming from someone who left GR on good terms to return to school! I liked the place and liked working there. It was a unique place to work and shop and the customers loved the place which made my job easier, but that is all gone now. According to friends, all customers ever ask anymore is "are you guys closing or something"?
GardenRidgeWorke r

Bethany, OK

#57 Feb 15, 2009
Locke is right. I work at the Tulsa Garden Ridge store.They are getting rid of candles and party. I asked my AGM hwen they are going to tell us that the store hours are changing he said that we will find out when the new schedule comes out. Are you kinding me? I think it is bull that we no longer can talk to the cutsomers. Task oriented company, yep they are slowly but surely going out of business. Because of this crap right here.
GardenRidgeWorke r

Bethany, OK

#58 Feb 15, 2009
When they get rid of managers its not whom are the best workers its who are last to come in. So they are going to loss a couple of good managers.
Not Even the Case


#59 Feb 16, 2009
Sorry to burst your litte buble, but it's not always the last to come in.
How did they get the job in the first place?
It's who ya know sometimes, and when "restructures happen" sometimes "your buddy" that got you in will let you sink while he grabs a life preserver and throws you a's called saving your own ars.
Some of the ones that got fired in our store TRULY deserved it, while others wouldn't go along with the corruption, so they were booted out on the band wagon.
It's a good thing, believe me.
GardenRidgeWorke r

Bethany, OK

#60 Feb 16, 2009
The firing at the Arkansas location was because of the employees stealing. But the "restructing" plan is happening at all Garden Ridge locations. At one location they went from 65 to 20 employees. What is happening is the Corparate people who sit on their ars all day decide "what way can we f*ck with their jobs" when i first started i was happy. this is my first job. i feel sorry for the people who have worked there for 14 years. What about them? She has been working there for 14 years. You really think corp. people care about her?
Secure Your JOB Now


#61 Feb 16, 2009
Call your Local Union:
Unions are making a difference. With most of the economic benefits of our economy going to corporate America, working people are using the power of collective action to get their fair share.
Workers never got anything without uniting for it.
Read what the union has done for others:
The 40-hour workweek
The 8-hour workday
Sick Leave
Paid Vacation
Employer-paid health insurance
Safety and health protections
Grievance procedure for wrongful discharge and discipline
Fairness in promotions
Higher wages
Just think of what you and your coworkers may be able to win if you had a union contract.
Organize Your Workplace Now.


The best time to start a union is right now, smaller companies are easier to get the most signatures, don't wait, get your coworkers, friends and family to bring in the Union, for your benifits, pay and better working's only fair.
Secure Your JOB Now


#62 Feb 16, 2009
It's Your MONEY and Your LIFE we are talking about!

Dallas, TX

#63 Feb 17, 2009
This "restructuring" is happening at all stores.
The communication is all but none. In one store, the new co-manager is the one that was breaking all the rules as an assistant manager. Now that's a good way to promote huh. They have done away with all but two sections of party and added books...If we wanted books we would go to Barnes and Nobles. They have lost their niche. The vice president of operations was once released from the company and now they bring her back in a capacity to run the company but hasn't even had any merchandising experience thus the lack of quality merchandising in the store. They have also changed their store hours twice in a month decreasing them by significant amounts. Shouldn't be long till they are in bankruptcy again or gone all together....Let's hope it's the latter!

Since: Feb 09

Broken Arrow, OK

#64 Feb 17, 2009
The hour changes are happening here too.
First they closed at 10, then 9, and now 8.
They are changing absolutely everything.
From departments to dress code to hours of operation.
And then they are going to get rid of damn good managers. i don't understand what is going on here. can someone explain it? Does corparate really think these changes are for the better or are they not thinking about it at all in the long run?

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