UPDATED | 3:44 p.m.
Former staffers of Southern Voice and David magazine arrived to clean out and clear out of their former workplace Wednesday, two days after the publisher collapsed.
The laid-off employees trickled in for an 11 a.m. meeting with executives from Window Media, which collapsed over the weekend. The company closed, shutting down the two Atlanta publications and three others in Florida and Washington, D.C.
Some former employees were removing their personal belongings and placing the boxes in their cars. Others hugged as they spotted one another in the parking lot.
Steve Myers, publisher of the two Atlanta-based publications, confirmed the companies that own them—Window Media and Unite Media—are headed to Chapter 7 bankruptcy. He read a brief statement from the steps of the Atlanta office near Briarcliff Raod:
“As far as the circumstances that have led to the operations of Window and Unite Media to being closed down, I can’t speak to that. Unfortunately, the closing of the company was a circumstance we could not control.
We wish we could have been in each market to talk to the employees on Monday and not surprise them with the notice that was posted. However, as former officers and employees of the companies, our fiduciary duty required us to secure all assets. Unfortunately there were only two of us and three offices.
We cannot answer any logistical questions at this time. We can only wish the best for every employee and for the community in general and hope that the voice that the community has relied on for so many years will not be quieted for very long.”
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Photos: Jason Cohen, a former human resources administrator who left the company in August, removes his personal belongings from the Window office Wednesday (top). Former Southern Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown speaks to the media outside the offices (right).