Christmas Tree Shops HQ leaves town

Like brats leaving a stinking ship?
130 Cape Codders given the chance to commute Off Cape

Christmas Tree Shops  moves HQ Off Cape
Discount retailer Christmas Tree Shops is further severing ties to the Cape Cod town where it got its start. The company, whose motto is "Don't you just love a bargain?", will move its corporate headquarters from Yarmouth on Cape Cod about 50 miles northwest to its distribution center in Middleborough by next summer.
   The company's first store opened in Yarmouth in 1970. The company closed the cramped and outdated store this year, but maintains another store in town. Company headquarters have been on Cape Cod since 1982...  Read the rest of this Forbes story here
Doreen Bilezikian was the President of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce when it unceremoniously dumped its executive director of a quarter century.

At the time she decried the old regime's concentration on "filling bedrooms" for its members in the motel/hotel business, and pushed the chamber to be more "business oriented", you know, plant tulips, build a bigger bureaucracy for themselves, plant tulips, impose another mega-bureaucracy to test our water, plant tulips, find a sinecure for John O'Brien and our clique, plant tulips.

Now the company which gave her that position of power and trust, the Christmas Tree Shops which she and her husband started, has done some new "planting."

They're "planting" their headquarters which has been in Yarmouth, where the company began 37 years ago, in Middleborough, fifty miles away. 

Their 130 employees can hoof it 100 miles round trip daily, or shove it. 

She still "meddles around

"We are not moving the office to New Jersey or New York. Everything will continue on the same." - Doreen, 2003When Doreen and Chuck Bilezikian sold Christmas Tree Shops to Bed & Bath and Beyonce four years ago last month, she was quoted in a local weekly saying, "Chuck is still president and CEO.  I still have my mixed whatever. I'm still in charge of advertising, still meddle around."

She added that with opportunity comes risk, but Bilezikian stressed that Christmas Tree employees should not be concerned.  "We want to ensure that everybody has the sense of comfort and that they know they're not going to lose jobs, take less pay," she said. "We are not moving the office to New Jersey or New York. Everything will continue on the same."

"The same" turns out to be the 100-mile round trip commute shown on the right. 

yarmmiddleboro430_415She went on to say if Christmas Tree's home office does move, it will be elsewhere on the Cape or just over the bridge in Plymouth County.

We just thought you gentle readers would be interested in how your rich neighbors treat The Cape, and the Cape Codders who work for them. 

 Maybe you'll want to stop "planting" your dollars in either of these corporate giants. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on