SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The parent company of Food Lion grocery stores plans to lay off 350 corporate workers, including an unspecified number at its headquarters in Salisbury.
Delhaize America also said it is eliminating 150 vacant positions.
All of the reductions are being made above the store manager level, said Christy Phillips-Brown, a spokeswoman for the company. Most of the restructuring should be completed by the end of next week.
Phillips-Brown said the changes will help create "a new organizational structure that enables the company to operate more effectively and efficiently."
About 2,500 people work for Delhaize in Salisbury, the home for Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Reid's, and Harvey's.
The company has been pressed by both Publix and Wal-Mart opening stores in its markets.
The company closed 113 stores last year, including all the Food Lion stores in Florida.
Food Lion president Cathy Green-Burns was replaced in December by Beth Newlands Campbell, the president of another of Delhaize America's chains.
The company employs about 100,000 workers in the United States, mostly in its 1,300 grocery stores in the eastern U.S.