Meijer set to axe 1,900 in-store manager roles

US general merchandiser Meijer will cut 1,900 middle-management jobs as part of a continuing bid to ape the style of bigger rivals such as Wal-Mart and Target.

Meijer employs 75,000 staff in its 158 superstores, and has sales of US$11 billion (£6.06 billion). It plans to reduce the management jobs per store from an average of 42 to 30.

A spokesman said the losses were part of a restructuring programme that followed close study of industry best practice. More than 350 management positions were axed in December and 8,000 part-time jobs may also go.