Arcadia has confirmed a store management reshuffle at its Topshop and Topman chains that could result in hundreds of job losses.
The group has begun a consultation on the restructuring. As part of the reshuffle, the retailer could axe one of two “brand manager” roles where there is a Topshop and Topman in the same store, with one kept on to run both.
The total number of Topshop and Topman stores in the UK, comprising both dual and standalone stores, stands at 254 in total.
A spokesman for Arcadia said: “As part of an ongoing business review and as a response to the ever-evolving fashion retail landscape, areas in our store management structures have been identified where resource can be used more effectively in servicing the needs of our customers. As a result we are working to restructure our retail management across Topshop and Topman.
“We remain committed to all our team members and our first priority is to redeploy managers into newly created roles within the proposed structure.
“We fully appreciate that this will be a difficult time for those affected and we will ensure our teams are supported through the process of change.”
The move to strip out a store management level will affect less than 1% of Arcadia’s total workforce.
In November Drapers revealed Arcadia planned to make a number of head office roles redundant in order to “streamline” and future-proof the business, affecting 300 roles including some vacancies.