End of an era for strug­gling stores

Wanneroo Times - - News - Justin Bian­chini

ROGER David staff re­acted with sad­ness to news the fi­nan­cially-trou­bled men’s fash­ion chain is set to close.

Joon­dalup store man­ager Dy­lan Hen­der­son said the clo­sure of all 57 stores in Aus­tralia, due to the lack of a buyer, was “def­i­nitely a big downer” for him and his seven staff.

“We’re all los­ing our jobs,” he told Com­mu­nity News. “We all love work­ing here; it’s the end of an era af­ter 76 years.”

Mr Hen­der­son said the Joon­dalup store had been in the process of clos­ing since the com­pany went into ad­min­is­tra­tion last month.

He said his store, one of the busiest out of the WA stores at Whit­ford City, Rock­ing­ham, Carousel, Perth and Boor­a­goon, would close in early to midDe­cem­ber.

“Thank you to all our cus­tomers and all the un­der­stand­ing,” he said.

“It’s been great and thanks for sup­port­ing us.”

Ad­min­is­tra­tor Craig Shep­ard, of Kor­daMen­tha Re­struc­tur­ing, said while there had been in­ter­est among po­ten­tial buy­ers, the re­tail cloth­ing en­vi­ron­ment was too tough to at­tract firm bids.

“Roger David was a vic­tim of ris­ing fixed costs, fierce com­pe­ti­tion from on­line and global com­peti­tors and cau­tious con­sumer de­mand,” he said.

All re­main­ing stock, in­clud­ing the sum­mer range, is be­ing moved into stores and will be priced to clear.

The busi­ness was placed in vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion on Oc­to­ber 18.

Roger David em­ploys 300 full-time staff, al­most 200 ca­su­als and part-timers, and 60 em­ploy­ees in WA stores.

“Dis­counts of 60 per cent or more will con­tinue un­til the last day,” Mr Shep­ard said.

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