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Hardees Lays Off 180 in Rocky Mount

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New owners plan to keep the Hardees headquarters building occupied with 400 employees.
ROCKY MOUNT — For months, layoffs have been rumoredfor employees of Hardees, but Wednesday, those rumors were sadlyconfirmed.

The Rocky Mount-based fast food chain that has recently been solddelivered walking papers Tuesday to 180 workers, many of whom were givenno prior notice.

The company that bought Hardees, CKE Restaurants, says because of legalboundaries, it couldn't tell many people that they would be laid off untilafter the sale went through. That's why 95 employees in the Rocky Mountoffice were told after lunch Wednesday that it was their last day on thejob.

Executives say they hated having to terminate any employees, but wereforced to do so because many of CKE's current employees already holdidentical positions. CKE Executive Bill Foley said the sale and thelay-offs have been difficult.

CKE plans to continue occupying the Rocky Mount office with 400employees. Executives say there will be no more layoffs.

Reporter/Photographer:Brian Bowman

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