WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Enterprise Holdings rental car company announced the layoffs of 233 people in New Hanover County late last week, according to a filing with the N.C. Department of Commerce.
Statewide, the layoffs included 743 positions at the company that operates Enterprise, Alamo and National rental companies. Enterprise cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for the permanent layoffs of workers. The local address listed for the affected employees in the state filing was 3147 S. 17th St., Wilmington, which is an office building at South 17th and Independence Boulevard.
“The COVID-19 global health crisis has created significant and unprecedented challenges for Enterprise Holdings,” said Sara Miller, a spokeswoman for the company. “Like others across the travel industry, we have witnessed a severe impact to our business with corporate business and leisure travel still at a standstill.”
In March, the U.S.Travel Association predicted that the coronavirus, and the associated decreased travel demand, would cost the nation’s economy $809 billion. In North Carolina, weekly travel spending fell from $501 million on March 7 to $79 million reported on April 18.