ARCADIA, Calif. -- As part of its ongoing effort to reduce costs, Vons Cos. here has laid off an additional 100 nonstore-level employees, chain officials said last week.
Vons officials declined to say how much they expected to save as a result of the layoffs.
Since October 1993, Vons has eliminated 650 nonstore positions and laid off approximately 300 people, including some top executives, as part of its ongoing restructuring program.
The latest layoffs were of employees in administrative and support positions, according to Mary McAboy, vice president of investor relations.
"These latest changes represent part of Vons' ongoing commitment to operate the most cost-efficient business possible," McAboy said. "Our commitment to reducing costs is part of the way we do business, now and in the future, and we will continue to look for ways to be more efficient."
Earlier this year, Vons executives said they had to lower costs to "precede lower prices, and Vons has made great strides in taking costs out of the system." The retailer is seeking to reverse several quarters of declining same-store sales results. In the second quarter ended June 19, same-store sales declined 3.2%, which marked an improvement from the 5.5% decline in the first quarter.