CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati's Everything But the House is laying off more than 200 employees, the e-commerce company confirmed Tuesday.
The online auction startup let go of 203 employees at its processing center in Blue Ash. That accounts for 49 percent of the center's workforce, according to spokesperson Brittany Sykes.
Nine employees will be laid off at the company's downtown headquarters.
The Blue Ash workers will be with the company until June, Sykes said.
Everything But the House (EBTH) has experienced rapid growth in the past few years and is considered one of Ohio's startup success stories.
The e-commerce works in cities to sells goods from estate sales, including furniture, décor, clothing and more.
EBTH recently downsized its number of operating markets to eight as part of a "deliberate strategy" to focus on customer experience, Sykes said.
"We are setting ourselves up for greater success in the long term, by focusing our efforts on perfecting the customer experience in fewer markets in the short term," Sykes wrote in an emailed statement Tuesday.
Last month, EBTH named Scott Griffith as the company's new CEO.
"Our number one core value will be an obsession with providing a great experience to buyers and sellers across the entire EBTH marketplace. As such, all contracts that have been signed with EBTH in these markets are still being honored, which also means that in many cases, these reductions are not happening immediately," Sykes said. "Many people will be with us for up to 60 days, and we are working with all affected employees with various job assistance programs."
"We remain committed to growing a big sustaining business in Cincinnati and many other markets, and this move has absolutely no affect on EBTH's Ohio buyers and sellers," Sykes said.