JR Cigar Laying Off 135 Employees; Refocuses on Cigar Business

JR Cigar Laying Off 135 Employees

MC Management, Inc. and JR Cigar recently notified the state of North Carolina that they are laying off 135 employees. This number encompasses the vast number of employees at these two locations. Cigar Intel obtained this information pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, 29 United States Code § 2012.

For those of us who stop by to check out the humidor, this is great news! They are closing down all retail sales except for products other than tobacco and tobacco products. So now, you don’t have to wade through the cheap shirts, scary dolls, crappy kitchen utensils, etc. JR Cigar is back to being JR Cigar.

Refocus on Cigar Business

The Triangle Business Journal reported that neither store will close. Each store will retain about 20 employees, with the call center and distribution center warehouse remaining at the company-owned buildings in Burlington. The Selma location will downsize from 80,000 to approximately 13,000 square feet.

JR Cigar has three locations in North Carolina, including a new location in Mooresville. The Mooresville store, unlike locations in Selma and Burlington, houses a craft beer bar in addition to value-priced cigars. JR Cigar plans is to follow that same model in Selma and Burlington.

Won’t it be nice to visit Jr Cigar and be able to walk into a humidor instead of spending fifteen minutes wading through Christmas sweaters, funky hats, and all kinds of other junky items? And having a craft beer bar will be fantastic. It will be a p

Kudos to JR Cigar for getting back to their true business line.

Layoff Details

JR Cigar started layoffs at their 67 JR Road, Selma, North Carolina location on November 1, 2015. These layoffs will continue through December 15, 2015. Affected positions include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Assistant Manager
  • Buyer-Senior
  • Cash Office Supervisor
  • Cashiers
  • Department Leader-Retail Hourly
  • Housekeeping
  • Merchandiser
  • Receiving Clark-Retail
  • Sales Retail
  • Security Guard
  • Stock-Retail.

JR Cigar layoffs at their 2589 Eric Lane, Burlington, North Carolina location began on November 1, 2015 and end December 15, 2015. Affected positions include:

  • Assistant Management-Retail
  • Buying
  • Cash Office
  • Cashiers
  • Department Leader-Retail Hourly
  • Housekeeping
  • Merchandiser
  • Receiving Clerk-Retail
  • Sales Retail
  • Security Guard
  • Stock-Retail.

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c.gar loves all things cigar-related. He typically falls in love with cigars that are discontinued shortly thereafter. His first cigar was a Swisher Sweet with a wood tip. Sadly, these are still in production.

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