A spokesperson for Best Buy said Thursday that the company was cutting 24 jobs at its Ardmore distribution center because of lagging in-store sales.


A spokesperson for Best Buy said Thursday that the company was cutting 24 jobs at its Ardmore distribution center because of lagging in-store sales.


Managers told employees on Feb. 19 that 24 people would lose their jobs in 30 days. The Ardmore facility was not the only one in the company to make staffing cuts.


“Seventeen of our 21 distribution centers had some level of staff reductions announced last Thursday,” company spokesperson Sue Bush said.


Bush said all of the employees who will be laid off will be offered a severance pay package, a year of health, dental and life insurance as well as some outplacement services.


Bush said the layoffs were the result of declining in-store sales as customers have pulled back on their spending. Lagging sales have reduced product volume at the distribution centers which, in turn, has reduced the amount of work for employees.


Best Buy is the largest retailer of consumer electronics in the US.


Another large Ardmore employer, IMTEC Corporation, laid off 14 employees last week. 3M spokesperson Donna Fleming Runyon said the cuts were evenly distributed between wage and salaried workers.