150 Walmart Employees Laid Off At Fayetteville Optical Lab

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Walmart has laid off 150 people from its optical lab in Fayetteville.

According to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, the lab at 2314 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. will stay open for the remaining 440 employees. Those laid off will get 60 days pay and help finding a new job.

The optical lab produces lenses and frames for glasses for the entire company.

“The industry is changing and we see that in all industries,” said Steve Clark, president of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, “and we see that whether it’s the service, or it’s the manufacturing even in professional services.”

A spokeswoman for the retail giant said in a statement Tuesday (July 17) the layoffs were part adjustments related to “changing business needs.”

“We are committed to helping the associates impacted by this decision take advantage of new opportunities and are hopeful that we will be able to help many of the associates find other roles at nearby Walmart stores or Sam’s Clubs,” the spokeswoman said.

The layoffs also affected an optical lab in Crawfordsville, Ind., where staff will be reduced by 108 employees by the end of September, according to Talk Business & Politics.

The Bentonville-based company laid off several company executives earlier this year.

The January announcement followed two rounds of layoffs last summer and in February 2016, the latter of which affected employees the Home Office.