A source close to the now-shuttered Gourmet magazine reports that employees have been given just 48 hours to clean out their desks and go. Some of the staffers had been there 30 years and more. Many have offices that are stacked to the ceiling with reference materials, framed works of art, memorabilia, bottles of wine, food samples, awards, etc., and the amount of effort even getting all that stuff into the limited number of elevators is going to be prodigious.
Few at the offices apparently had any idea that the bombshell was about to drop, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. At least two staffers are currently on the road, and one wonders if they’ll be able to clean out their offices by the insane Conde Nast deadline.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 5, 2009