Zoots Corp. warns of impending layoffs

Zoots Corp. warns of impending layoffs

There are 55 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Dec 22, 2007, titled Zoots Corp. warns of impending layoffs. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Zoots Corp. will likely close a dry cleaning production facility in early February, laying off about 80 workers.

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Rick

Merrimack, NH

#46 Apr 8, 2008
Im glad they left i wish them the best of luck. they got treated poorly and there was no need for it. This company doesnt understand how to treat employees at all. i hope that everyone who was laid off or fired lands back on there feet quickly.
bethany

East Greenwich, RI

#48 Apr 11, 2008
hello everyone in regards to zoots i'm sorry that
so many people were hurt in many ways with this company so was i,does anyone have any info with the rhode island store it was bought, but the
question is by who and are they reputable, i know
a couple of manangers from zoots bought some stores are they good guys or ?
f--k zoots

Brockton, MA

#49 Apr 19, 2008
new owners shut off all company drivers cell phones to save money lol
Rick

Merrimack, NH

#51 Apr 28, 2008
Now why would they go and shut off cell phones? when i was a driver the cell phone was one of the most important aspects of customer service? that is just plain dumb. how in the world are these customers supposed to reach there drivers now? i cant wait to hear what they do next because they are just dooming themselves.
Heather

Gardner, MA

#52 Apr 29, 2008
I worked at the zoots in stoughton and i was laid off after 3 years working there. And what was even worse than that they gave me a one day notice. I was shocked and they even took apart the store while i was still working. im very upsett about the whole thing and i feel even worse for my co-workers because they had worked in store 21 for 7 years. i dont know what they are going to do but zoots should have told us about are stores closing sooner.
Rick

Merrimack, NH

#53 Apr 29, 2008
im sorry to hear that happened to you heather. i heard they did that to pretty much every store they closed. it just shows you how they dont care about anything except themselves. they should of given you a heads up earlier than 1 day so you could look for employment. pretty much everyone i have talked to is fed up with this company and there awful attitude and just awful customer service skills. i dont see them being in business that much longer.
Peter

Franklin, MA

#54 May 1, 2008
Funny to hear the new ownership is telling vendors that they are a completely different corporation - Sort LLC (MA). But if they got unpaid stock (hangers, poly) from Zoots Corp as part of the sale, those vendors will be within their rights to sue Sort LLC for the payments due them as Zoots could not claim ownership of the stock to legally convey them to Sort LLC. Further evidence the new ownership doesn't have a clue as to what they got themselves in to.
dirty laundry

Chicopee, MA

#55 May 15, 2008
Rick

Merrimack, NH

#56 May 16, 2008
I read that article yep they are in some major trouble. they have a huge uphill battle ahead of them and i just dont see it happening. i looked at what they still had for delivery routes and wow have they downsized dramatically. i wonder if they have switched the drivers back to hourly instead of commission because i cant see many customers staying onboard after that article.
dirty laundry

Chicopee, MA

#57 May 17, 2008
another version of the story
http://boston.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/...
" None of the region's 350 jobs were eliminated during the management buyout, even though seven outlets were closed, said Zoots spokesman Scott Farmelant."
no jobs eliminated?? i beg to differ
Dropped by dry cleaners

Brighton, MA

#58 Jun 13, 2008
I was a customer at one of the closed stores. Drove up one day and they were closed. I feel bad for the nice folks that worked there. They have all the customers emails but obviously made no effort to try to retain them from the closed stores. Clearly not business savvy people.
Rick

Arlington, MA

#59 Jul 24, 2008
so anymore news about this lovely company and there awful business pratices? i know a friend of mine started home delivery service but they never picked up her stuff.
Cindy

Florence, KY

#60 Jan 12, 2009
Do you know when Zoots sold Widmers and for how much?
Peter wrote:
Zoots "sold" all their stores in CT (gave them away) and sold their profitable Widmers (Ohio) unit to the management of Widmers. They have now completely left OH, CT, NH, NJ, and NY. They are only in MA, RI, and VA - expect those units to close by the end of March. Anyone who thought their concept or ideas ever worked is wrong: they were a failure from the get-go. Because Charlesbank Capital and J.P. Morgan were willing to pony up $160 million for the first eight years, then sell their shares back to the company for only $3 million back in 2007, the company was able to survive the inadequacies of their management. Tom Stemberg had his success with Staples, after that? Zoots: failure. KaBloom: failure. Ollie Shoes: failure. Staples.com : farce that got him booted from Staples. Fortunately he has his Harvard buddies to give him a job, who else would?
Cindy

Florence, KY

#61 Jan 12, 2009
Does anyone no when Widmers was sold and for how much?
mimi

San Jose, CA

#62 Mar 9, 2009
i use to work for zoots the cleaners steal the clothes what do you think

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