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Fayetteville newspaper to move printing operations to Gastonia; 56 jobs affected


The Fayetteville Observer will shut down its printing press in April and move its printing operations to a sister newspaper in Gastonia, according to a report on the Observer’s website Tuesday.

The Observer is owned by Gannett, the largest newspaper chain in the nation. The company also owns The Gaston Gazette, where the Observer will be printed.

The consolidation will affect 30 full-time and 26 part-time employees, according to the report in the Observer.

The Observer’s printing press, which is in the rear of the newspaper’s offices on Whitfield Street. will be shut down on April 10, the report said. In recent years, other Gannett newspapers also have been printed at the Fayetteville facility, including the Wilmington StarNews.

The report said there will be no change in home delivery for Observer subscribers.

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