L.L. Bean will close it’s Bangor Call Center.
Workers have been told it will happen in 2016.
The company says fewer people are calling as more do their shopping online.
There are 220 year-round employees at the Bangor facility.
Bean says it hopes to keep as many of them as possible, transferring them to a call center in Lewiston or Portland or having them work from their homes.
The city plans to assist impacted employees in any way as they look for a new building tenant.
“The loss of that lease revenue is significant, but were fortunate to have 24 months of lead time to start the marketing efforts to find a new tenant for that space,” says Tanya Emery, Bangor’s director of economic development.
“We are really looking for what would be suitable uses without a ton of re-purposing. Out first choice would be to find something that would also use a lot of small desk space, financial services; back office operations another fall center, contact center type of operation with a good quality company.”
The city would also consider breaking the space up and leasing to several tenants.