Harris Scarfe to close Dickson store

Ian Bushnell 8 January 2020 14
Harris Scarfe Dickson

Harris Scarfe’s Dickson store was still open this week. Photos: Michelle Kroll, Region Media.

Harris Scarfe’s Dickson store will close its doors as part of a nationwide shutdown of 21 outlets in preparation for a sale of the pared-back retail business.

The ACT’s other stores in Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong will continue trading.

Deloitte says the 21 stores will close over the next four weeks, affecting 88 full-time, 128 part-time and 224 casual employees, including 14 at Dickson.

The stores were selected for closure based on past and likely future profitability.

Deloitte says 1380 positions will remain at the 44 stores that will continue to trade.

On the South Coast, the Nowra store will close but the Merimbula, Moruya, Ulladulla and Shellharbour stores will remain open.

News of the closures comes a month after the business went into voluntary administration and Deloitte was appointed receivers, just before Christmas.

Dickson store

Fourteen staff who work at the Dickson store will be affected.

Receiver and Deloitte restructuring services partner Vaughn Strawbridge said the decision to close the stores was a difficult one.

“We have continued to trade the business since our appointment, and this has been well supported by local employees and customers, so this has been a difficult decision,” Mr Strawbridge said.

“All efforts are being made to redeploy affected staff around the rest of the store network, and all staff that leave the business will receive all wages and entitlements in full on the closure of individual stores.”

Two stores will close in Western Australia, six in Queensland, eight in NSW, three in Victoria, one in South Australia and the ACT.

“Going forward, we certainly remain focused on running the broader store network, and selling the business as the best outcome for remaining employees and suppliers,” Mr Strawbridge said.

Private equity firm Allegro Funds only purchased the business in November as part of former owner Greenlit brands’ divestment of its general merchandise division, including the Best & Less, Debenhams and Postie chains.

The union representing staff said its top priority was to ensure that all entitlements were honoured and paid out to all employees who will be out of a job next month.

“With retail figures at their worst levels of the past 30 years the Federal Government is asleep at the wheel,” SDA secretary Gerard Dwyer said. “It needs to stop pursuing policies that hurt our retail sector and start focusing on ones that help it or else more companies and their workers will suffer.”

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14 Responses to Harris Scarfe to close Dickson store
Adam Duncan Adam Duncan 7:33 am 10 Jan 20

Dimity Sheather wonder if they have sales now 😳

Patrick J Pentony Patrick J Pentony 8:43 pm 09 Jan 20

I can remember shopping there years ago when it was Allen’s

Alley Hunter Alley Hunter 8:27 pm 09 Jan 20

Rose Moore need anything?

Denise Doe Denise Doe 7:48 pm 09 Jan 20

We are hoping our Ulladulla store won't close 😩Nothing else in the area for housewares, good quality linen & kitchenware but men's women's clothing has really down classed

Jess Tan Jess Tan 6:54 pm 09 Jan 20

Tom Howieson this weekend let's go

Greg Oakes Greg Oakes 6:23 pm 09 Jan 20

Ahh. The Divorce Shop... goodbye... I hope staff get fairly paid out.

Anne Gallagher Anne Gallagher 5:42 pm 09 Jan 20

Great that Moruya is staying open. It is so popular with locals and visitors alike

Vicki Williams Vicki Williams 4:45 pm 09 Jan 20

Karen Eager Ulladulla and Moruya staying open 😊.

Tania O'Rourke Tania O'Rourke 4:35 pm 09 Jan 20

Very sad for the locals and employees💙 I wonder what will move in? Aldi??

Alex Fulford Alex Fulford 4:35 pm 09 Jan 20

Spoke to a staff member of a different branch today, and he said the public knew before the staff did. He happened to answer the phone and had a lady enquire about the sales due to the stores closing. Just imagine what that feels like. Your job on the line and you are the last to know.

    Lu Mi Lu Mi 5:19 pm 09 Jan 20

    Alex Fulford - unfortunately this happens a lot as the company has to inform the shareholders first.

    Alex Fulford Alex Fulford 5:24 pm 09 Jan 20

    Luke Miller D’oh! Forgot about that,shame it’s not at the same time but that might not be possible

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