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Despite having only just moved its headquarters to Dumbo, Brooklyn Industries is renting out some of its office space, and just last week it ended three positions within the company. So is the chain doomed? Not according to company heads, who told Gothamist that although sales are indeed down, it's probably the fault of the weather, since nobody wants to go shopping when it's 99 degrees out.
That Dumbo space? "We rented two offices in DUMBO, but soon realized that we don’t need both spaces; so we plan to rent the second space out in order to streamline operations and increase efficiencies," says a spokesperson. The firings? "We did not do layoffs. Of the 170 people who work for us, we parted ways with three people. Two of those people, we asked to return as freelancers in the next several weeks, and to come back on board as we go into our busy Christmas season." Gothamist's tipster also says Brooklyn Industries is being sued by a former business partner, but the CEO denies having ever worked with anyone other than her husband. And their relationship, she adds, is just fine.
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