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The Labor Ready office at 2884 University Avenue closed on December 27. A sign posted on the door stated: “This office will be closed until further notice.” It says to contact their branch at 1021 W. Maple St., in downtown. Is this just a consolidation? Or is there not enough business in North Park to justify remaining open?

Labor Ready is one of the brands under the Tacoma, Washington-based TrueBlue, Inc. corporate umbrella. I asked Stacey Burke, VP of corporate communications, for a comment. Burke emailed: “I am not certain of the reason for the move, but it could be for some of the reasons you listed, including a consolidation or relocation to better suit our business needs.”

Labor Ready hires people for temp jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality, events, logistics, warehousing, retail support, and similar functions.

While I was taking photos, local busker Dave Boone, with his ukulele on his back, stopped to chat. He said he had worked for the company five years ago. Boone did temporary work at Qualcomm Stadium and was paid $8 an hour, he said.

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dwbat Jan. 30, 2012 @ 11:27 a.m.

I walked by Labor Ready today, and it was open again! The lights were on and the door was unlocked. So apparently it was just a temporary closure, for unknown reasons. But there was no activity going on. I didn't contact the PR person again, as she doesn't know what is going on there (and wouldn't find out anything for my original article).


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