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Syms' closings mean loss of 117 LI jobs

Syms and Filene's Basement stores in Westbury. (Nov.2,

Syms and Filene's Basement stores in Westbury. (Nov.2, 2011) Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

Just over 110 workers at Syms Corp.’s two Long Island locations will lose their jobs as a result of the clothier’s announcement last week that it planned to close all 46 of its stores, according to a state regulatory filing.

Syms, which also owns Filene’s Basement, employs 65 workers at its Syms Clothing/Filene’s Basement store in Westbury, according to its Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act filing, or WARN notice, dated Monday. Filene’s Basement in Manhasset has 52 workers.


The WARN act requires companies in New York with at least 50 full-time employees to file a 90-day notice of a mass layoff or closing, including the number of employees affected.

When the Secaucus, N.J.-based company announced its plans to close, it declined to say how many Long Island employees would be affected.

Syms, one of the first retailers to offer consumers off-priced name-brand clothing, announced last week that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and planned to close all of its stores, which are mostly in eastern United States.

Sy Syms founded the off-priced retailer in 1959, and it debuted on Long Island in 1974. He died in November 2009.

As reported earlier, Syms expects liquidation sales to last through January.

The company declined to comment on the WARN notice.

Photo: The Syms and Filene's Basement store in Westbury. (Nov.2, 2011)

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