Saturday is last day for hundreds of workers at former Dollar Tree distribution center

The paychecks stop Saturday for the hundreds of people who used to work at the Dollar Tree distribution center in Marietta, Oklahoma.  The large facility was destroyed by the EF-4 tornado that left a path of destruction across southern Oklahoma April 27th.

No injuries were reported among the 456 people who worked at the distribution center.  A month after the storm the company decided not to try to reopen the one-million-square-foot warehouse.

The workers losing their jobs were paid through this weekend.  They received severance packages, benefits, and access to Emotional Wellbeing Solutions resources.

In an official statement, Dollar Tree called the decision “incredibly difficult.”  The move is economically devastating to the community of 28 hundred people in Love County.

The EF-4 tornado was the strongest to hit the state in eight years.  It traveled on to devastate the town of Sulphur 50 miles away.