Another 600 Sears Canada employees will lose their jobs

Another round of job cuts is in store at Sears Canada. The company on Wednesday cut an average of five "mid-tier" managers per store, totaling 624 jobs.

This is the second time Sears Canada has been hit with layoffs in a single month. On January 16, Sears Canada slashed 1,600 positions as it moved ahead with plans to shutter three Canadian call centers and reduce staff at warehouses.

Toronto-based spokeswoman Alicia Richler said the latest employee reductions would improve staff communication and create "a more efficient system in our stores so that customers receive a better experience." Richler also said the company will rework its regional and head office structure to reflect the latest changes and align it with the smaller company.

Sears Canada is in the midst of a desperate turnaround plan as business continues to suffer and sales sink. In addition to layoffs, the company has been downsizing operations by selling off leases for some of its most prominent locations.

Earlier this month, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) said sales at Canadian stores open a year or more dropped 4.4 percent in the period from Nov. 3, 2013 to Jan. 6. For the year, the retailer expects an adjusted loss between $811 million and $914 million.

Sears Canada operates 181 corporate stores, along with 241 Hometown stores and more than 1,400 catalog and online merchandise pickup locations.

For more:
-See this Sears Canada press release

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