Struggling grocer Morrisons is poised to reveal a management restructure that could result in up to 2,000 redundancies across its stores, it is understood.
The restructure is the result of trials of three alternative slimmed-down management models in around seven of its new stores. The cuts are likely to affect managers of product categories such as fresh food or non-food across the retailer’s 500 stores, The Guardian reported.
Morrisons is expected to unveil the restructure within weeks, it is thought. Morrisons has previously said the trials were intended to simplify store management structures.
Retail Week revealed last month that Asda was also conducting a large scale restructuring as it aims to realign its business to suit the multichannel demands of its shoppers. Asda is making as many as 4,100 roles redundant.
Morrisons’ embattled chief executive Dalton Philips is expected to face tough questions from investors on Thursday at the grocer’s annual shareholder meeting in Bradford. The retailer has suffered dramatic falls in sales and profits in recent months after German discounters ate away at its share.
Morrisons declined to comment.