Following the cuts, which are due to less-than-stellar sales for the 2017 holiday season, the bookstore chain has hired a new chief merchandising officer.

By Liz Steelman
Updated February 13, 2018
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Barnes & Noble has carried on, despite the Amazon factor. However, CNBC reports that the company laid off "lead cashiers, digital leads and other experienced workers in a company-wide clearing" on Monday, February 12, due to disappointing sales during the 2017 holiday season.

Staff members received the news when they arrived to work Monday morning, according to CNBC, with one employee sharing his heartbreaking experience on Twitter:

"Given our sales decline this holiday, we're adjusting staffing so that it meets the needs of our existing business and our customers," a Barnes & Noble spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. "As the business improves, we'll adjust accordingly."

The company has hired a new chief merchandising officer to strategize online and in-store sales growth.