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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:55 PM

Delhaize America Cutting Jobs

As part of its ongoing restructuring efforts, Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America has revealed plans to lay off employees. All eliminated positions will be above store manager level, CEO Roland Smith said in an internal e-mail sent to employees this week.

“Delhaize America has been focused on implementing a new organizational structure that enables the company to operate more effectively and efficiently,” Christy Phillips-Brown, director, external communications & community relations, told Progressive Grocer. “In support of this continued work, the company has made a number of organizational changes across Delhaize America, which will be communicated to associates this week. These decisions will result in nearly 500 fewer positions, including the elimination of 150 open positions. These decisions were carefully considered and made with the ultimate goal of serving our customers, growing our business and creating shareholder value.”

Out of respect for affected associates, Phillips-Brown declined to offer specifics regarding what positions will be eliminated and when the job cuts would take effect. She noted that the company’s new organizational structure was on track to be completed by the middle of this month, and that the layoffs were part of the process. With the completion of the reorganization, Phillips-Brown said that no additional actions were planned at the present time.

Delhaize America, a division of Brussels, Belgium-based retail conglomerate Delhaize Group, operates several grocery chains under the Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, Hannaford Supermarkets, Reid’s and Sweetbay Supermarket banners. The company has a total of about 100,000 employees, and about 80 percent of Delhaize America officers are located in Salisbury.


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