Waitr leaving some areas, reducing workforce; 20 percent of layoffs in Louisiana

Waitr leaving some areas, reducing workforce; 20 percent of layoffs in Louisiana
Waitr has announced plans to close low-performing markets and reduce their workforce. (Source: WAITR)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Waitr has announced plans to pull out of low-performing markets and reduce its workforce.

The food-delivery service is doing so to position itself for the future, according to Dean Turcol, media relations director.

Turcol says Waitr will not be leaving any Louisiana markets, but he also said that 20 percent of the layoffs are in Louisiana. Waitr was started in Lake Charles and is now headquartered in Lafayette.

Which markets will be closed will be based on a growth-and-profitably analysis currently underway, Turcol says. The closures are expected within the next 30 days.

Turcol said employees will be provided with separation packages.

“Eliminating jobs is the last thing a business ever wants to have to do," CEO Adam Price said in a statement. "Actions taken this week were done to best position Waitr for the future and enable the company to continue providing a consistent, reliable experience to our customers, and valuable relationships to our restaurant partners.”

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