MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Subway made major cuts at its global headquarters in Milford Wednesday.
The mayor of Milford called it ‘terrible news.’ Employees telling News 8 they knew the layoffs were coming, but they didn’t know when it would happen or who would be laid off.
The company eliminated around 300 corporate positions, which has reportedly prompted extra security from Milford police on the premises Wednesday.
The city has already reached out to the Department of Labor. Milford’s Mayor Ben Blake says they’re organizing job fairs that will be held later this month.
“It’s going to be a challenge. We are going to have to work hard. We already tapped people to help with resumes, tapped people to help with headshots to when people are looking for a new job they have the tools to get back into the workforce.
Some people have not had to look for a job in years or decades.”– Milford’s Mayor Ben Blake
Subway released a statement Wednesday morning about their reasoning behind the layoffs:
“A reduction in workforce is never an easy decision but streamlining and simplifying our business with a smaller and nimbler workforce will help us react quickly to the changing needs of the business. Every Subway restaurant is locally owned and operated. We must do what we can to fully support our owners and our guests in every neighborhood in which we do business.
Our focus remains on ensuring Subway guests get great service and value at every restaurant they visit, our franchise owners get the full support and tools they need to help them grow and be successful and that we strengthen our overall business performance. In order to deliver on that strategy, a difficult decision was made to eliminate approximately 300 positions at our Global HQ in Milford, Connecticut.“– Subway, Corporate