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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Walmart wireless employees in Ocala, Marion losing jobs amidst contract termination

At least 15 wireless sales agents at Walmart locations in Marion County are among the 302 employees across Florida who will lose their jobs at the end of this month after the company for which they worked lost its contract with the retail giant.

The Revenue Optimization Companies (T-ROC) announced the terminations in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity last week.

According to the filing, the company termination comes as a result of the “non-renewal” of a contract between T-ROC and Walmart.

The termination impacts at least 10 employees working at 4 Walmart locations in Ocala (4890 E Silver Springs Blvd, 9570 SW Hwy 200, 2600 SW 19th Avenue Rd, 34 Bahia Avenue); 3 employees working in Dunnellon (11012 N Williams St); and 2 employees working in Summerfield (17961 US Hwy 441).

Walmart at 4980 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala
The Walmart at 4980 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala

In total, the company will terminate “302 positions throughout the state of Florida,” including 249 wireless specialists, 24 area sales leads, and 16 area managers, among others.

According to the filing, the company will permanently end all services under its Walmart Wireless Sales Program on May 31, 2024.

All employees who remain employed with the company through the end date will be “paid per their regular work schedule,” according to the filing.

T-ROC claims it notified its workforce “immediately upon becoming aware” that the program would have to close. The company says it was not possible to give greater than “60 days” notice to its employees as it was “actively engaged in negotiations” with Walmart before the decision to not renew.

The company says that it has secured “positions for the majority of the affected employees” with the companies that have been awarded the Walmart Service Agreements, but did not specify which employees.