Aussie menswear chain Roger David to close ‘within weeks’

End of an era.

It’s a sad day for menswear chain Roger David, with the clothing company announcing all of its stores will be closed down before Christmas.

Administrators KordaMentha confirmed the news on Thursday, revealing they were unable to find a new buyer for the struggling business.


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The restructuring firm said there had been some interest amongst potential buyers, but the retail clothing environment was “too tough to make it work.”

“Everyone recognised the strength and the affection for the brand, but it did not pass the viability test,” Administrator Craig Shepard said.

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

More than 500 staff are set to lose their jobs, with 19 Roger David stores in Victoria, 15 stores in Queensland, 12 stores in NSW,  seven stores in Western Australia, two stores in South Australia, two stores in Tasmania and one store in Canberra.

It’s understood all remaining stock will be moved into stores and priced to clear with discounts of 60% or more.

The 76-year-old menswear chain was placed in Voluntary Administration on 18 October.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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