Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. filed a WARN Act notice Sept. 8 with the N.C. Commerce Department for its location at Hanes Mall that was closed March 16.

The notice disclosed that 79 employees who had been listed as furloughed would be laid off, effective Nov. 8. Employees at restaurants in Cary and Pineville were affected similarly.

Brian Jenkins, the chain’s chief executive, told analysts Sept. 9 that it plans to reopen those three N.C. locations by the end of the year.

However, those plans appear dependent on when the state’s COVID-19 pandemic reopening advances to Phase Three, particularly as it applies to video arcades.

On Sept. 1, Gov. Roy Cooper approved a relaxing of social-distancing and business restrictions in what is known as Phase 2.5. That went into effect Sept. 4. Restaurants are allowed to operate at 50% indoor capacity.

Executive Order No. 163, however, did not ease restrictions for businesses that provide amusement and gaming activities.

Meanwhile, Truliant Federal Credit Union is converting the former Macy’s department store location at the mall.

Truliant spent $8 million to buy the 154,000-square-foot Macy’s store on June 19, according to a Forsyth County Register of Deeds filing. The overall property consists of about 10 acres and 712 parking spaces.

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