Discount retailer BIG W has just revealed the first stores set to close by January next year.
Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield in Sydney are the first three of up to thirty stores around the country which will shut up shop following a review into the struggling chain.
Owners Woolworths Group confirmed the sad news in a statement on Thursday.
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“BIG W is announcing today that they have reached an agreement with landlords to close three stores in Sydney in January 2020,” Managing Director of BIG W, David Walker said.
“These are not decisions we take lightly and we regret the impact the closures will have on affected team members.”
Mr Walker said supporting his employees remains the number one priority.
“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,” he said.
It comes after BIG W announced the intention to close up to 30 stores and two distribution centres in Warwick, QLD and Monarto, SA over the next 3 years.
“BIG W will continue to work with landlords over the coming months as part of the network review and remain committed to building a strong and sustainable BIG W that meets the needs of Australian families,” Woolworths Group said.