This headline is what first came to mind when I was told, on the phone no less and it was my day off!!, that I was being laid off due to restructuring. My first response was "what is going on?" feeling a bit skeptical about the initial reason. You see the store I was managing was having the best month of July ever, the customer retention was at an all time high and the store morale was as if we were a family.Let me give you a bit of background, I accepted the role of store manager as a courtesy to the owner of a small chain of pool and spa stores due to the fact that they had a store that was under-performing, had ridiculously low customer retention and horrible employee morale. I accepted due to the fact I am a sucker for a good challenge. It turned out that I would manage the store and be it's sole salesman for both pools and spas. "No problem", was my response, and to be honest it really turned out to be no problem. The employees joined the program right away and the customers were nothing short of amazing, all they needed and wanted was a crew that understood their needs and cared to actually solve issues for them with honesty and respect.During my tenure I was asked to help the other stores with chemistry problems that cropped up, equipment repairs and a host of other issues without complaint and, to be honest, I truly enjoyed every bit of it. As the season progressed my staff and I noticed a shift in behavior by the owners of the company. They seemed a bit off and I felt as if something was coming, evidently I was correct.Now maybe they are going to truly restructure the store, or the whole company, but at this point I see it as a cost savings to them by eliminating me and bringing in an under qualified manager that will re-create all the problems they started with. This seems to be a trend in business in these uncertain times, kill the quality for the cheaper route. Ask some of the big box retailers that have gone out of business how it has worked for them.It brings back the question of "WHAT IS GOING ON?"JustinP.S. please visit the pool careers group, I am now available and willing!!