Body Shop to move headquarters to NYC, cutting 145 Wake Forest jobs
Posted January 13, 2015
Wake Forest, N.C. — Skin care and cosmetics retailer The Body Shop plans to move its U.S. headquarters from Wake Forest to New York City as part of a plan to boost the British company's profitability, according to internal documents obtained by WRAL News.
About 145 people who work at the headquarters off Burlington Mills Road will lose their jobs, with only "a limited number of positions" moving to the New York headquarters and other offices opening in New Jersey, Paul Kimberley, America’s Zone president for The Body Shop, said in an email to WRAL News.
The customer service center in Wake Forest will close by early July, and the distribution center will move by September. The company will open a new distribution center in the Northeast, Kimberley said.
Kimberley declined to comment on what, if any, impact the restructuring will have on the company’s retail stores.
Known for its advocacy of all-natural products and avoidance of animal testing – as well as its political activism – The Body Shop has had its U.S. headquarters in Wake Forest for more than 20 years. The firm is part of cosmetics giant L'Oreal Group.