No plans to close Chicago office, says Playboy

Hefner, editor-in-chief, had said in an interview that the company is "probably going" to move.

A spokesperson for Playboy Enterprises said on Wednesday that the company had "no plans" to shut down its Chicago office, despite founder Hugh Hefner discussing the possibility of it in an interview.

Hefner, editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine had said in an interview to Metromix.com that the company is "probably going" to move from its headquarters in Chicago where Hefner founded the business in 1953.

"I think we're probably going to be doing that out of economic concerns, yes," said Hefner in reply to the journalists' question whether the offices would me moved.

He added, "We will be probably consolidating on the West Coast."

"It may be true that operating out of multiple locations is not cost effective, and it therefore makes good business sense to look at all of our options to see if we can reduce that overhead expense. However, I assure you we have made no plans to close the Chicago office," wrote Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders in a note to the company's staff on Wednesday.

Last week the company confirmed that was planning to sublet a portion of its Chicago headquarters.