These employees had been furloughed in mid-March, but the continuing pandemic (“unforeseeable business circumstances”) has forced Dave & Buster’s to make this move, according to a WARN notice shared with the Mall and Town of Natick by the company’s Senior Director of HR Kathryn Rainey.
“The worksite is not being permanently closed. The Company intends to rehire for impacted positions when COVID-19 pandemic and economic conditions permit,” according to the WARN notice.
The Mall has seen an exodus or planned departure of numerous big tenants, including Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus, due to the pandemic.
On the bright side, Night Shift Brewing and the new Level99 immersive gaming company are joining forces on a new operation slated to open at the Mall next year.
So if it manages to open and Dave & Buster’s can come back, the Mall will be THE local place for indoor play. Perhaps encouraging news on that front is that Dave & Buster’s did just open a location at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester.