An internal memo has informed retail staff in Tayside and Fife of cuts to store management positions.
The fashion chain – which operates from Dundee’s Overgate Centre, St Johns Shopping Centre in Perth, Kirkcaldy High Street and Dunfermline’s Kingsgate Centre – is to cut around 350 jobs as part of the shake-up.
It intends to cut store management and senior sales roles as part of a restructure of its retail team.
The move comes just a month after it had already said it would cut 250 head office staff as part of cost-cutting measures.
River Island has seen revenues and profitability hit by a slump in store footfall after reopening sites following the coronavirus lockdown.
Chief executive Will Kernan told staff in an internal memo that the changes will create a “flatter management structure with a greater emphasis on customer service”.
He said: “We need to make sure we have the right structures in place to deliver our omnichannel strategy, and to continue to deliver the amazing River Island in-store experience that our customers know and love.
“With a heavy heart, I can confirm that these changes will potentially impact up to 350 store management and senior sales roles.
“Whilst this is an incredibly difficult decision, these actions are crucial to ensure that our stores continue to effectively play their hugely important role in our omnichannel future.”
River Island has around 300 stores across the UK and has reportedly eyed a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) or other form of insolvency to reduce its rent costs in a bid to save money.
Earlier this week, Debenhams revealed plans to scrap the roles of sales manager, visual merchandise manager and selling support manager as part of a management restructuring process as it looks to lose 2,500 staff.
Last week Currys PC World started a consultation process with staff as it looked to create a “flatter management structure.”