Albany, N.Y. Trans World Entertainment Corp. said late Thursday that it will close two facilities and lay off 252 employees as part of a plan to restructure and improve operations.
The chain said it will phase out the operations of its distribution center in North Canton, Ohio, during the next two months. Currently 234 people work at the center.
Trans World, which sells music, videos and other items through such stores as F.Y.E. and Suncoast, will use centers in Albany and Carson, Calif., to service its current retail locations.
Also, Trans World said it will close its Johnstown, N.Y., fixture facility, where 18 are currently employed. No timeframe was given for its closure.