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Retailer DFS Hawaii announces plans to lay off 165 employees

HONOLULU — Retail firm DFS Hawaii has announced plans to lay off 165 of its 660 employees in three locations across Hawaii’s islands.

The company says financial losses due to decreases in the international travel market prompted the staff reductions announced Thursday.

DFS Hawaii says positions are expected to be cut at two Oahu locations including T Galleria in Waikiki and the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, as well as the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on the Big Island.

The affected employees worked in the management, sales, operations, and clerical departments.

The company says eligible workers will receive severance packages based on their individual years of service.

The company’s flagship store in Waikiki opened in 1975 and is now the chain’s sixth largest galleria store worldwide.

The Associated Press