Change is afoot at Holiday Retirement.
The nation’s largest independent living provider is moving its corporate headquarters from Lake Oswego, Oregon, to Winter Park, Florida, this summer—eliminating or relocating approximately 200 jobs in the process.
The decision to relocate was “difficult,” the company said in a statement sent to Senior Housing News. Among the roughly 200 jobs impacted by the move, some of the provider’s current employees will be relocating to Florida, and the company also plans to start hiring in the Orlando/Winter Park area “very soon.”
The relocation is anticipated to be completed, for the most part, by the end of the summer; Holiday’s Lake Oswego, Oregon, office will likely be closed by the end of the year.
Holiday says it hopes the move to Florida will boost its competitiveness.
“Relocating our home office is part of an overall effort to reorganize our resources in order to become more competitive and agile,” the statement reads. “Our ongoing effort to modernize will help us better serve our residents, and develop new products and services for a whole new generation of older adults to come.”
The relocation is one of several changes that have recently taken place at Holiday. The provider, for instance, recently abandoned its long-standing management model in favor of a more traditional one, and brought senior care pioneer Dr. Bill Thomas on board as the company’s first-ever chief wellness officer.
As of 2016, Holiday Retirement operated 308 communities and employed 11,398 people, according to senior living industry association Argentum. Holiday confirmed to Senior Housing News that about 200 people currently work at its corporate headquarters in Oregon.
Written by Mary Kate Nelson