Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe's will eliminate positions between assistant manager and manager, and hire part-time workers for the busy weekends.
The move will cut about 1,700 middle management jobs in the stores, but will lead to an additional 8,000 to 10,000 part time workers, according to Chris Ahearn, Lowe's VP of public relations. The shake up is expected to take effect Jan. 29.
In an e-mail to Home Channel News, Ahearn explained: "We converted the existing structure, which had operations manager, zone manger, administrative manager [and] sales manager, to a structure with a store manager and assistant managers, all of whom have responsibility for sales and service in the store."
The move is described by the company as a broad change in staffing to better serve customers over the busy shopping periods, such as the weekends.