PROVO — Citing business losses, the BYU Bookstore at Brigham Young University is laying off 29 employees.

BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told Provo's Daily Herald that the bookstore has been losing money for the last several years, and the situation is no different than what other bookstores are facing across the country.

A total of 25 full-time employees and four part-time workers were notified of the decision Friday. They'll continue to work for two more weeks after which they'll be offered a severance package.

Jenkins says the bookstore is funded through its own profits and not by university or student fees.

Nearly 200 student-employees at the bookstore will not be affected by the change.

Before the layoffs, the bookstore had about 100 non-student employees.

— Associated Press