December 15, 2008, 12:00 AM

Celebrate Express is ending North Carolina operations and cutting 213 jobs

The party supplies retailer, which since August has been a part of Liberty Media Corp., is closing call center, distribution and other facilities in Greensboro, NC.

Party supplies and costumes retailer Celebrate Express, which in August completed a merger with Liberty Media Corp.’s BuySeasons.com Inc., will cut 213 jobs as it closes call center, distribution and other facilities in Greensboro, NC.

Celebrate Express will close its Greensboro call center on Feb. 1 and expects to eliminate all of the center’s 65 customer service rep positions, according to a report that Celebrate Express has filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Celebrate Express did not respond to questions regarding the plant closings and layoffs from Internet Retailer, which obtained a copy of the federal report from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Celebrate Expres still operates CelebrateExpress.com as part of BuySeasons.com Inc., which also sells costumes and party supplies. In an effort to streamline operations, Celebrate Express has indicated it will use call center and distribution operations of BuySeasons.

During a two-week period between Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, Celebrate Express will close its administrative office and distribution center in Greensboro, and it expects to eliminate the positions of 130 warehouse workers and of two administrative personnel, it says in the report.

By May 31, the retailer will also close its Greensboro manufacturing and technology operations and as a result expects to lay off 16 workers, the company says in the report.

Liberty Media, which also includes QVC Inc., is No. 11 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

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