End of an era for struggling stores
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.