Things Remembered Distribution Center to Close

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – Things Remembered Inc. says it will close its fulfillment center at 500 S. Bailey Road next month, affecting more than 100 employees, according to an official notification from the company.

Things Remembered, based in Richmond Heights, notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Jackson Township trustees and the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners through the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or Warn, Act on Tuesday.

All 108 employees at the North Jackson center will lose their jobs, the notification said. A second operation in Richmond Heights will also close, impacting another 54 positions, according to the letter.

“We expect this action to be permanent and that all positions will be eliminated effective January 13, 2023, or within 14 days thereafter,” the letter said. “This is a total reduction in force and as such bumping rights do not apply.”

Things Remembered, a company that creates personalized and specialty gifts for the home and office, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2019 to facilitate its acquisition by Enesco LLC, a global giftware and home décor company.

“We always hate to lose jobs in the county and the township, especially a good neighbor who’s been there for 22 years,” said Tom Frost, Jackson Township trustee.

The 210,000-square-foot distribution center was built in 1997 on 31 acres, according to records from the Mahoning County Auditor’s office.

The owner of the building is listed at Stag North Jackson 2 LLC, based in Boston, which acquired the center in 2013 for $8.4 million, auditor’s records show.

“Hopefully, the space won’t stay vacant too long,” Frost said.

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