The company's two Denver-area locations have yet to reopen after closing in March due to COVID-19.
Dave & Buster's alerted the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) that it intends to lay off 234 employees at its Denver and Westminster locations.
The company is planning to lay off 136 employees at its 2000 Colorado Blvd. location in Denver and 98 employees at its 10667 Westminster Blvd. location in Westminster on November 8. The employees had been furloughed beginning in mid-March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the company said it was forced to make the furloughs permanent layoffs due to unforeseeable business circumstances.
Germs are 🙅♂️ so here are the steps we're taking to make sure your fun stays clean: 🟠 Masks are required for all guests and gloves are available upon request 🔵 Dedicated staff to sanitize tables & games regularly 🟠 Strict adherence to all local guidelines for health and safety 🔵 Self-serve hand sanitizer stations available 🟠 Team members wearing masks & gloves 🔵 Team member health & temperature checks prior to starting shifts 🟠 Tables at least 6ft apart for social distancing 🔵 Suspended use of some games for social distancing 🟠 1-time use disposable menus
The locations are not being permanently closed, and the company said it plans to re-hire for impacted positions when COVID-19 pandemic and economic conditions permit.
The notification was made via letters from Kathryn Rainey, senior director of human relations for Dave & Buster's, to the CDLE's Worker Readjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system, which requires employers to provide employees experiencing employment loss with a 60-day notice prior to a layoff.
"We are taking this action because of COVID-19-related business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable," the letters say. "We did not foresee how significantly and for how long the pandemic and related governmental lockdown orders would impact our business. We also did not foresee that lockdown orders, initially issued for short durations in only a few cities, would spread throughout the country and be repeatedly extended."
Nationwide, Dave & Buster's has reopened 89 of its 137 locations, operating under reduced hours and capacity limitations, condensed food and beverage offerings, and increased cleaning and sanitation procedures. The Colorado locations, however, remain temporarily closed. In its second-quarter earnings statement, the Dallas-based company said its revenues decreased 85 percent year over year to $50.8 million from $344.6 million during the same period last year.