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Whole Foods is firing roughly 1,500 employees over the next two months.

The company's co-CEOs, John Mackey and Walter Robb, announced the job cuts in an internal memo sent to employees on Monday, a source told Business Insider.

"We are writing to tell you directly that we have made the difficult decision to reduce a number of positions across the company over the next two months," the memo reads, according to the source. "So, why are we making these changes now? Over the last few years we’ve discussed ways to make Whole Foods Market an even stronger company in a rapidly changing marketplace. We agreed that we must invest in lowering our prices, marketing our value and standards, and upgrading our technology in order to better serve our customers. "

The job cuts come as Whole Foods faces increased scrutiny for its "whole paycheck" image following an investigation that revealed several stores were overcharging customers for food. 

The company's shares have fallen more than 35% this year. 

Here's the full memo to employees, according to Business Insider's source:

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Dear Team Members, 

We are writing to tell you directly that we have made the difficult decision to reduce a number of positions across the company over the next two months. This will happen primarily through both consolidating and eliminating certain store and regional positions. We do expect some of the affected Team Members will take other positions in the company, and together with vacant positions remaining unfilled, we anticipate that this decision will mean an overall reduction of approximately 1,500 Team Members (1.6% of our overall workforce).  Regional leadership is making every effort to speak to all affected Team Members by Tuesday morning. 

We are committed to treating our Team Members in a caring and compassionate manner, so Team Members who are affected will be paid in full over the next eight weeks as they decide on what option works best for them. This may include transition pay plus a generous severance package above the industry norm, or the opportunity to choose to apply for jobs from the nearly 2,000 currently open positions. We hope many of these Team Members will choose to stay in the company in a new role. For those Team Members who choose to leave, we thank them for their service and contributions.

So, why are we making these changes now? Over the last few years we’ve discussed ways to make Whole Foods Market an even stronger company in a rapidly changing marketplace. We agreed that we must invest in lowering our prices, marketing our value and standards, and upgrading our technology in order to better serve our customers.  

We know this is difficult news because it affects many hard working and dedicated Team Members in our Whole Foods Market family. We encourage you to reach out to your leadership with any questions directly or in upcoming meetings. You can also contact us both at  TMFeedback@wholefoods.com and we will respond.  

We’d like to express our deepest appreciation as we all work together through this time.

John and Walter

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We reached out to Whole Foods for comment and will update when we hear back.

--yahoo.com

Comments

TechTyger

Whole Paycheck is the crApple of stores. You're paying a premium price for something that is, at best, the same as you can get anywhere else.

Sucks for the people losing their jobs, though...

Dana Corby

This is way more humane than some. A company I once worked for had to reduce its workforce by 50% due entirely to upper management misreading the signs of imminent catastrophic change in the industry that made up most of their customer base. One day during the height of the lay-offs the CEO posted a magazine article on the bulletin board, titled "The Great Game of Business." In a rage, I ripped it down and took it in to my supervisor's office, slammed it on her desk and said "It may be a game to him but it's life and death to the people he's firing!"

TechTyger

Yow. That sucks... I've also seen one (although I don't remember where) where they sent everybody out for a meal, and when they came back the place was padlocked.

TechTyger

...and now I've kind of experienced that. Got home from work Thursday, email to call the temp agency, "Allstate has decided to terminate your contract due to budget."

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