The sudden closing of the company last weekend by furniture manufacturers Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams startled both staff and clients.
In 1989, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams started their company, which they expanded from a tiny upholstery shop to a big-box retailer of furniture. It has 24 locations across the US, one of which is in Scottsdale, Arizona.
It produced private label collections for companies including Restoration Hardware (now RH), Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel in addition to being known for its recognizable sofas and chairs.
The company was included in the state’s top ten furniture retailers earlier this year as a result of public voting for the 2023 edition of Ranking Arizona, the largest and most thorough business opinion survey in the state. Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold came in fourth.
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Lost Jobs and Legal Complaints
The upscale maker and retailer informed staff on August 26 that they were not required to report to work on August 28. Also, posters were put up in retail spaces informing customers that the stores were closed on that day.
533 workers at the North Carolina manufacturing facility lost their jobs, and former workers have vented their frustration on social media about the unexpected shutdown and lack of notice.
A few days later, one ex-employee filed a complaint claiming back pay for unpaid wages, benefits, and other expenses related to the 60-day notice period mandated by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.
Since the news, some U.S. businesses have closed, while others are still open and awaiting word on when they will close permanently.
The retail industry has faced difficulties this year.
Bed Bath & Beyond, Tuesday Morning, Christmas Tree Shops, David’s Bridal, and Party City all declared bankruptcy and closed their doors. Major retailers like Target and Wal-Mart are also