Bed Bath & Beyond lays off more employees as it fights to survive

Bed Bath & Beyond has begun its latest round of layoffs, as it fights to stay in business, according to a memo sent to employees Tuesday that was obtained by CNBC.

The home goods retailer told employees that it is eliminating the chief transformation officer role, which is held by Anu Gupta, on the same day it reported disappointing fiscal third-quarter results.

In the email to employees, CEO Sue Gove said the company is reducing its workforce “across our corporate, supply chain and store portfolio.” She did not say how many employees would be affected, but said it is necessary to ensure Bed Bath’s future.

“While we have taken several important initial steps in our turnaround plan with strong execution, our Q3 2022 results signal that it will take longer to translate actions into outcomes,” she wrote.

In a statement to CNBC, the company said it is “resetting elements of our foundation.”

“As our strategic direction changes and we streamline our operations, it is necessary to right-size our organization to ensure we are equipped for the future. Unfortunately, this has necessitated making the difficult decision to say goodbye to some of our colleagues,” the statement said.

Gupta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bed Bath & Beyond is approaching a potential bankruptcy, as its sales decline and losses grow. The company’s store shelves have gotten bare as suppliers demand upfront payment, stop shipping goods or change other payment terms. Bed Bath issued a “going concern” warning last week, saying it may run out of funds to cover expenses.

Bed Bath had about 32,000 employees, as of Feb. 26, 2022, according to a company filing.

But since then, the company’s employee count has gotten smaller. In August, it said it would cut about 20% of its corporate and supply chain workforce and close about 150 of its namesake stores.

Earlier Tuesday, Gove told investors that Bed Bath has made progress in reducing its operating expenses and will cut costs by an additional $80 million to $100 million, with some of those savings coming from a reduced workforce.

Gove said in the memo Tuesday that Bed Bath will hold a town hall on Wednesday to discuss its future.

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