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Corporate staff laid off at Guitar Center...

Job cuts





MI retailer Guitar Center has cut

a number of corporate and field

supervision jobs after an evaluation

of staffing levels conducted by the

company. While the exact number

of job cuts has not been released,

it is thought to be in excess of 70.

Michael Amkreutz, Guitar Center’s

executive vice president, market-

ing, merchandising and e-commerce,

said in a statement that the reduction

included less than one percent of the

overall workforce and consisted of

reductions at the corporate offices

in Westlake Village, California, and

field management positions.

“This action was designed to cre-

ate a more effective and efficient

organization and was based on func-

tional area,” Amkreutz continued.

“Despite this reduction, we continue

to actively recruit for a variety of

positions in Westlake Village that are

matched with the needs of our ongo-

ing growth plans.”

Currently, the retailer has no plans

to reduce staff at its 260+ stores, and

its store opening and remodeling

program continues.

Darrell Webb, former top man

at big box sporting goods retailer

Sports Authority, took over the chief

executive role at Guitar Center last

November, replacing Mike Pratt.

Webb also previously served as

CEO of fabrics and crafts retailer

Joann Stores as well as working in

executive roles with grocery chains

Kroger and Fred Meyer.


CHANGES in Guitar Center policy, including one

addressing remote employees, is calling the future of

long-standing internet gear community Harmony Central

into question. Dendy Jarrett, the man tasked with turning

the site around after several years of damage caused by

problem-ladened relaunches, is no longer with the site,

and long-time senior editor and site admin Phil O’Keefe

was laid off last month, though he remains a member and

moderator at press time. More changes could be in the

cards for the site. Guitar Center owns Harmony Central.

Guitar Center is majority owned by Ares Management.


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...and Harmony Central too.