Footwear retailer Stride Rite is to shutter its distribution centre in Huntington, Indiana in September with the loss of 120 jobs.

The company notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development of the shutdown plans on Friday (10 July).

It plans to terminate 55 warehouse jobs on 11 September and another 65 warehouse employees, supervisors and members of management the following week.

Company lawyer Jay R. Andrews said in a letter that Stride Rite hopes to "accomplish this closing with the least possible disruption to the lives of our employees and the community."

Its parent company, Collective Brands Inc, first revealed details of the closure in March 2008 and said the work will be shifted to its new Eastern distribution centre in Brookville, Ohio.

The move means Collective Brands, which was formed in 2007 from Payless ShoeSource's acquisition of Collective Licensing and Stride Rite, now has three US distribution centres: one in Redlands, California; one in Louisville, Kentucky; and the new facility at Brookville.

It says the reorganisation will generate maximum cost efficiency and effectiveness, as well as faster distribution of all Collective Brands products.