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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Food delivery company fires all Ocala employees amidst statewide closure

A food delivery company that ceased operations in Florida has fired dozens of employees across the state, including seven from Ocala.

Yelloh!, which previously operated as Schwan’s Home Delivery, made the announcement on Wednesday, October 25.

In a worker adjustment and retraining notification (WARN) filed with the Florida Department of Commerce by Cygnus Home Service, LLC, Yelloh!’s parent organization, the company stated that it is “ceasing operations in the State of Florida” effective December 15, 2023.

The closure includes its location at 13715 SE 31st Avenue in Summerfield, as well as locations in Clearwater, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Pensacola, Punta Gorda, San Antonio, and Sanford.

Schwan's Food Delivery in Ocala
Yelloh!, formerly Schwan’s Food Delivery, at 13715 SE 31st Avenue in Summerfield (Photo: Google)

In addition to the seven Ocala employees that were terminated, 54 other employees were terminated across all of the company’s locations.

The terminated positions at the Summerfield location included four route sales representatives, a sales representative trainee, a service operations specialist, and a material handler, according to the filing.

The company says it will pay each employee “through December 26, 2023,” and that the employees will remain “on the company’s benefits plan, consistent with the WARN Act requirements,” according to the filing.

The letter was sent via U.S. mail to the mayors of the affected cities, in addition to filing the notice with the state.

According to its website, Yelloh! delivers frozen food and “quick-to-the-table” options ranging from complete meals to meats, seafood, breakfast, pizza, and several other types of ingredients and foods.

The layoffs come just two months after a round of firings at a similarly named company in the transportation industry.

In July, Yellow Corporation terminated 22,000 employees, including 19 in Ocala, after it shut down its operations across the nation.