Buffalo Wild Wings HQ to Shed 132 Jobs

Buffalo Wild Wings HQ to Shed 132 Jobs

Employee cuts come about two months after the restaurant chain’s sale to Arby’s Restaurant Group was finalized.

Buffalo Wild Wings has sent a letter to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development informing the agency that 132 employees will be terminated at the Buffalo Wild Wings headquarters in Golden Valley.
 
“The terminations are a result of a consolidation of business pursuant to Arby’s Restaurant Group’s acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.,” wrote Melissa Strait, chief people officer, in the letter. “The terminations are expected to be permanent, although many affected employees will be offered employment in Atlanta, Georgia.”
 
Atlanta plays home to Buffalo Wild Wing’s parent company Inspire Brands, which also owns Arby’s and the street-taco chain R Taco.
 
Employees have been notified of their termination dates and the permanency of the decision, according to the letter, which noted no affected employees belong to a union and that no bumping rights are involved in the situation.
 
Along with the informing letter, the company sent Minnesota DEED a list of the names, addresses and job titles of employees affected by the cuts, as well as the job loss schedule.
 
A Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson told TCB in an email statement, “This week, we continued to offer team members positions within the new Inspire Brands company structure.  Some roles remained in the Regional Support Center in Minneapolis, and others involved relocation to our Global Support Center in Atlanta. As part of the integration of our brands, there were some positions that were eliminated. All individuals who were informed that their positions will not be retained were offered severance agreements and outplacement support.”
 
The Buffalo Wild Wings acquisition was announced at the end of last November and valued at $2.9 billion. The sale was finalized in early February.
 
When the deal closed, Inspire Brands CEO Paul Brown said the merger was the company’s first step toward creating a major restaurant conglomerate that would grow via acquisition. “We intend to own brands that span multiple occasions,” he said, “up and down the spectrum.”

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