TUPELO, Miss. (AP) -- Block Corp. will lay off 120 employees -- about half of its work force -- starting Jan. 1.
The apparel maker operates a distribution center and warehouse in Tupelo.
Officials blame a poor retail market for the layoffs.
Block's layoff comes not long after Lanier Clothing's announcement in August that it was shutting down its Tupelo operations by December, leaving 46 people without jobs.
Block, which consolidated its Amory and Columbus operations to Tupelo three years ago, will keep about 100 workers at its facility. The Block retail store also will remain open.