Charlotte Marriott City Center to lay off 68

The Charlotte Marriott City Center is laying off 68 employees as the result of an upcoming renovation at the West Trade Street hotel, according to a notice filed Monday with the state commerce department.

The renovation will begin April 6, and the employees will be permanently laid off starting April 25, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications, or WARN, notice.

Crissy Wright, general manager of the 19-story hotel, told the Observer the workers will be laid off as a result of the hotel’s entire first floor being shut down for eight months for the renovation. In addition, the hotel plans to renovate its 438 guest rooms over a six-month period that also begins next month, she said.

“The reason for the layoffs is due to the renovation resulting in less hours available to the workers,” she said.

Positions affected include event managers, sales clerks, laundry staff, bartenders, housekeepers and cooks. Wright said the affected workers were employed on both a part- and full-time basis with the 30-year-old hotel at 100 W. Trade St.

Affected employees can apply for available positions when the renovation is complete, she said.

The first floor houses the Savannah Red Wine Bar, Cutter’s Cigar Bar, First Light Breakfast Bar and Champions sports bar. Wright said those food and beverage spaces will be re-branded but she did not have details.

The hotel will remain open to guests during the renovation, Wright said. Plans call for three floors of rooms to be renovated at a time, she said.

Wright said the hotel employs roughly 230 people. Under federal law, companies must file WARN notices when they make mass layoffs and close plants.