About two dozen brokers in Colliers International's Tacoma office have been fired, sources say, a decision that surprised many downtown watchers.
Colliers announced Tuesday morning that it was consolidating its brokerage operations to Seattle and Bellevue, leaving a property management team of three people and support staff in Tacoma. Colliers’ website indicates 28 people had worked in the Tacoma office.
In a written response to questions Tuesday afternoon, senior managing director Peter Truex said “it is being determined” when asked if the agents, brokers and staff will relocate to Seattle and/or Bellevue. When asked how many agents, brokers or staff are relocating, he said, “Currently working on this.”
Truex did not return a phone message left Wednesday afternoon.
Veteran Tacoma brokers said firing brokers while closing an office was unusual. Some who heard directly from some Colliers brokers said Wednesday that the Colliers employees were told of the decision to fire them only on Tuesday morning.
These people shared what they knew on the condition that they not be identified.
Colliers, led by downtown leader and property owner Eric Ceder-strand , recently won the contract from Russell Investments to sublease its space at 909 A St. as the company moves to Seattle this fall.
What Colliers reorganization means for that work is unclear. Cederstrand and several other Colliers brokers could not be reached for comment by Wednesday afternoon.