Woolworths Group Finally Announce Which Big W Stores Will Close
The first Big W locations which are set to close as part of the department store's cost-saving strategy have been chosen.
Sydney stores Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield will close their doors in January 2020, Woolworths Group confirmed on Thursday.
The stores will continue trading for the next six months.
“These are not decisions we take lightly and we regret the impact the closures will have on affected team members,” David Walker, Managing Director of BIG W, said in a statement.
“We would like to acknowledge the support of the communities of Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield and the hard work and commitment of our store team members.”
“Over the next six months, we will support our team and explore redeployment opportunities with team members who choose to continue their career at BIG W or with other Woolworths Group brands in the months ahead.”
In April, Big W announced its intention to close up to 30 stores and two distribution centres over the next three years.
The move was a bid to build a more profitable and sustainable store and distribution network, the discount retailer said.
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Competition from international and online retailers has contributed to the demise of department stores across the retail sector, putting hundreds of jobs on the line.
Big W said it will continue to work with landlords in the coming months before deciding which of the remaining 27 stores will shut up shop.
Just weeks after the initial shake-up's announcement, the company also decided to close all 41 of its Big W Optical stores by the end of June.
The decision affected 175 employees across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, including optometrists, managers, dispensers and sales staff.