Another casualty of Monday’s layoffs and cutbacks at 18th and Grand: Would you believe the newspaper’s Kansas City Store?
“I just heard both Star stores are closing,” says one newspaper insider. “The one on the Plaza and the one at Union Station.”
Exact closing dates of the stores and the fate of the two staffers who head their respective retail operations remain unclear, but the betting money is they’ll be taking a bullet with six months going away paychecks.
There’s a rub though.
The standard exit packages offered to Star staffers is two week’s notice and six months severance pay, with the option of working during those two weeks or taking a hike and still getting paid.
From my experience, most people just clean out their desks and leave right away. In my case, I worked both weeks and turned in a full complement of columns.
Not familiar with the Star store? Take a number.
It’s basically a variation on those Best of Kansas City stores offering everything from Chiefs. Royals, KU, MU, K-State and All-Star Game merch to books written by past and present Star staffers, Dining Club cards, bobbleheads of dead people like Tony DiPardo, Taste of Kansas City gift baskets and $24.95 Jason Whitlock paperbacks marked down to $2.95.
From my perspective, the Star books and stores programs were money losers from the get go, but that the newspaper felt it could afford for promotional purposes during better times.
Did I mention the Star has a Groupon today for 75 percent off subscriptions with over 10 deals sold?