Spokane Journal of Business

Web.com to close its Spokane office

Online design, marketing company will lay off total of 64 people starting in June

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Web.com plans to close its Spokane office and lay off 64 workers here, beginning June 1. 

Web.com Group Inc. is a website design and online marketing company that was started in 1997 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, according to the company’s website.

Brian Wright, a Florida-based spokesman for Web.com, confirms information in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification issued by the Washington state Employment Security Department and says employees were notified of the layoff last month.

“At the end of March, we made the difficult but necessary decision to inform our Spokane employees that positions are either being discontinued in May or will transfer to other Web.com offices that already conduct similar customer-facing work,” Wright said. “As a result, we plan to close the Spokane office later this year.”

The Spokane office, at 1425 N. Washington, was established here in 2012, according to state Department of Revenue records. 

Web.com operates offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Argentina, as well as in several U.S. states, the company’s website shows. Spokane is the only Web.com location in Washington.

In its 2017 annual report, the privately-held company announced it was “in the midst of strategic repositioning.” At that time, the company claimed subscribership of 3.4 million and total revenue of $749.3 million. 

According to Wright, the company has a total of 2,150 employees and anticipates hiring several hundred employees elsewhere this year.

Staff from Spokane WorkSource will be involved in reaching out to employees of the Spokane office of Web.com to ease the transition, the WARN notice states.

Spokane WorkSource is part of a statewide network of state, local, and nonprofit agencies that provide employment and training services to jobseekers, as well as prospective employers.

Virginia Thomas
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Reporter Virginia Thomas has worked at the Journal since 2017 and covers the banking and finance industries. As a reporter, she loves learning about Spokane's many growing industries. She enjoys travelling with her husband, snuggling with her cats, and cross stitching.

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