Restoration Hardware to cut 100 jobs

Specialty home decor and fixtures retailer Restoration Hardware has announced a restructuring plan for its Corte Madera, Calif.-based headquarters.

The company said the plan, which includes 100 job cuts at the company’s headquarters, is expected to yield $3.5 million in cost savings by the end of the year. Annually, the cuts are expected to save $9 million.

The company most recently revised its second-quarter forecast to reflect anticipated revenue of $183 million to $185 million for the quarter, down from its prior view of $195 million to $199 million.

“This is a difficult but necessary decision that will enable us to operate more efficiently in the current environment,” said Gary Friedman, president and CEO of Restoration Hardware. “We believe the cost cutting actions we have announced this year, combined with our strategic growth and supply chain initiatives, will drive improved sales and profitability in the second half of 2007 compared to a year ago."

Friedman pointed to several new strategies for growth, including recently launched Restoration Hardware Bed & Bath, Restoration Hardware Baby & Child and Restoration Hardware Trade.

“We’re positioning the business to achieve our long-term revenue and operating margin goals," Friedman said.

Restoration Hardware operates 102 retail stores and eight outlet stores in 30 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

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