Brooks Brothers is shutting down its Garland, NC shirt factory, where its iconic oxford-cloth buttondowns are presently made. Local media reports:
Brooks Brothers is shutting down its shirt factory in Garland, a move that will eliminate nearly 150 jobs in the small Sampson County town where the clothing maker is the largest employer.
Brooks Brothers notified the N.C. Commerce Department about the closure on May 13 in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification.
In a letter to the Commerce Department obtained by The News & Observer, Brooks Brothers cited “unforeseen business circumstances” related to the coronavirus pandemic as its reason for shutting down the factory. The location will close permanently on July 20, the letter states.
Garland, about 80 miles southeast of Raleigh, was home to one of only three Brooks Brothers factories in the U.S., The News & Observer previously reported. The others are in Haverhill, Mass., and Long Island City, New York. The Garland plant was the only U.S. factory making the classic button-down Oxford shirts.
Brooks Brothers CEO Claudio Del Vecchio told the New York Times in 2018 that the Garland factory was the only domestic plant that operates at a loss.
In 2018, Brooks Brothers closed a popular outlet store in Garland associated with the factory.
The deals at the store were legendary — a News & Observer story in 2006 noted that a shirt could go for $15, a wool jacket for $39, three khaki pants for $10. And even though Brooks Brothers never advertised the outlet’s existence, people would drive hours out of their way to shop at the store.