Bed Bath & Beyond Lays Off Nearly 900 Store Managers

Company focused on omnichannel growth
August 8, 2017Allison Zisko

Bed Bath BeyondUNION, N.J.—Bed Bath & Beyond announced that it is eliminating approximately 880 department and assistant store manager positions in a store management realignment.

The realignment accelerates a transition in store management roles that began more than a year ago through store hiring practices and attrition, Bed Bath & Beyond said, and enables it to focus on its staffing needs in non-management roles and place less emphasis on a management structure that supported a more rapid rate of store growth.

“With the evolution in retail, we continue to strengthen our digital infrastructure and invest heavily in areas such as analytics, information technology, pricing, e-commerce, marketing, supply chain, and our contact centers,” said CEO Steven H. Temares in a statement. “As we work to continue to satisfy our customers through our omnichannel capabilities, the role of our stores is also evolving, and remains crucial to achieving our mission of being trusted by our customers as the expert for the home and heart-felt life events. The actions taken ... to accelerate the realignment of our store management will allow us to better support our customer-focused initiatives as well as support our omnichannel growth, while driving operational excellence.”

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor
azisko@hfnmag.com

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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