by Stephen Garner
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Tailored Brands has announced that, based on the latest guidance from federal, state, and local government and health authorities, and in the interest of the health and safety of its customers and employees, the company will extend the temporary closure of its retail stores until at least May 4, 2020.

“Our top priority will always be the wellbeing of our employees, customers, and communities, and we will continue to take whatever actions we deem necessary to serve this priority,” said Dinesh Lathi, president and CEO of Tailored Brands.

In conjunction with the decision to extend the store closure window, Tailored Brands announced it would implement additional cost reductions, including furloughing all U.S. store employees as well as a significant portion of employees in its distribution network and offices. The company will also implement tiered pay cuts for the CEO, executive vice presidents, and senior vice presidents, for those who will be working full time during the period. Lathi and the Board of Directors will be taking a 50 percent pay reduction during the period.

Lathi added, “It was a very difficult decision to furlough employees and one that we did not take lightly; however, this is an important step to ensure the durability of our company and the livelihood it provides for so many. We are working to support our furloughed employees through our continued benefit programs, information about jobs that may be open in their areas and information on government resources. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and look forward to bringing our employees back to work as soon as possible.”

While its e-commerce fulfillment operations are currently suspended, the company is reviewing if it can restart these operations in a way that protects employee health and is cash-flow positive. In the interim, customers may continue to place orders online to be shipped as soon as the fulfillment centers reopen.