WARN layoff notices spike in March


After years of seeing only a few WARN notices, the coronavirus driven economic downturn has led to 10 such filings in Delaware so far in 2020.

All filings all came in March

According to the Delaware Department of Labor the following companies have filed for the layoff and plant closing notices. WARN notices are required under federal law for long layoffs or plant closings.

In some cases, the notices are filed in conjunction with changes of ownership.

While the hospitality industry accounts for the bulk of the notices, a Lexus dealer (Koons) and an industrial contractor and fabrication company (MDavis) filed notices.

The Big Fish Restaurant Group, which has dining locations in Sussex and New Castle counties that were closed by the emergency order from Gov. John Carney shed 600 jobs.

Platinum Dining Group, which operates Taverna, Lemons & Capers and other restaurants in New Castle County listed 408 jobs.

Click on the highlighted name of the company for the number of employees affected. The company information includes the zip code.

American Bread Company LLC Panera Bread in Delaware Cleveland 44102 1 03/16/2020
Ashby Hospitality Group McGlynn’s, Deer Park Newark 19711 1 03/16/2020
Big Fish Restaurant Group Big Fish Grill and other restaurants Rehoboth Beach 19971 1 03/16/2020
Grotto Pizza Rehoboth Beach 19971 1 03/23/2020
HMShost – Biden Welcome Center Newark 19725 1 03/20/2020
Koons of Wilmington, Inc. Vehicle dealership Wilmington 19806 1 04/09/2020
MDavis Fabricator and contractor Wilmington 19804 1 03/20/2020
Packers Sanitation Services, Inc. Harbeson 19951 1 03/19/2020
Platinum Dining Group Lemons and Capers, Taverna, Redfire and other restaurants Wilmington 19806 1 03/16/2020
Ulysses American Gastropub Wilmington 19810 1 03/23/2020

A half dozen smaller companies also filed Non-WARN notices that disclosed a smaller number of layoffs. (See below)

Go Brit Restaurant Lewes 19958 1 03/20/2020
Go Fish Restaurant Rehoboth Beach 19971 1 03/20/2020
Jakes Seafood II, Inc. Rehoboth Beach 19971 1 03/16/2020
La Casa Pasta Newark 19702 1 03/23/2020
Market Street Funders Wilmington 19810 1 03/24/2020
Six Paupers Restaurant Hockessin 19707 1 03/23/2020
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