Following the sale of TigerDirect to PCM, Inc., the company’s Jefferson operation will apparently be closed.
The company has made no official announcement, but trade publications are reporting that PCM, Inc. purchased TigerDirect and other assets from its parent company, Systemax, for $14 million.
PCM, formerly PC Mall, is a direct marketing company offering technology products and services. It is based in El Segundo, Calif.
“We are very aware of the sale of TigerDirect,” noted Josh Fenn, president, CEO and economic development director of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. “Although we have not received formal notification from the company of any actions in regard to their facility here, we are preparing for what has been discussed in their corporate press release.”
According to the website Digital Trends, the deal requires the closing of the TigerDirect retail stores, the Jefferson location being one of three. That website cited recent legal problems of the company’s founders, who were convicted of bribery and other illegal practices and sent to prison.
TigerDirect recently consolidated its operations, with the Jefferson facility being one of the few surviving retail operations. The company has also been trying for several months to sub-lease 200,000 square feet of its 500,000-square-foot facility in Jefferson.
As of a year ago, some 300 people were employed in Jefferson, although the company has been downsizing since.
“If there is a closure, fortunately there are plenty of career opportunities in similar industry sectors for the employees to stay in Jackson County,” Fenn stated.