Gap to close 2 distribution facilities in Ky.

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) — A spokesman for Gap Inc. says two distribution facilities in northern Kentucky are closing, potentially putting up to 350 workers out of jobs.

Paula Conhain told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/WhPJLM) that the company is adjusting distribution for its brands to get its product to customers quicker. She said the company has shifted to a "regional distribution model" over the last couple of years.

"We have other facilities in Fresno, Calif., Gallatin, Tenn., and Fishkill, N.Y., and they ship regionally to our stores," she said. "The two facilities here in Hebron support Gap Outlet and Banana Republic factory stores nationally, so we are going to shift and have those brands supported regionally as well. That helps us get products into our stores and to our customers faster."

Gap said in a statement that the decision was a hard one to make because so many jobs would be impacted.

"Our plan is to close the distribution centers in a phased approach. Consistent with the company's values and history of treating employees fairly, Gap Inc. will work closely with our employees over the coming months to make this transition as smooth as possible and help as many impacted employees as possible find other employment opportunities."

Conhain said the facilities in Hebron will close on June 30, and the company would begin phasing out employees on April 15. Gap opened its first distribution facility in Hebron in 1975.

Conhain said any employees who remained with the company would have to relocate..

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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