The virus pandemic is continuing to cause chaos on the retail sector, with more than 100 Australian fashion stores forced to cease trading over a rental dispute.
Westfield shopping centre landlord Scentre Group has temporarily closed stores in their centres which are owned by Mosaic Brands.
It comes after the company, which owns labels including Rivers, Noni B, Katies, Millers and Crossroads, reportedly refused to pay rent during the COVID lockdowns or were paying below the normal rate.
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Mosaic currently operates 129 stores in Westfield Shopping Centres across the county.
It’s understood up to 400 employees have been affected by the sudden closure.
In a statement to 7NEWS, Mosaic Chairman Richard Facioni said the actions were “extremely disappointing, given the current environment, and difficult to comprehend in the context of a relationship that spans close to 40 years”.
“Mosaic continues to conduct rental negotiations in good faith with all landlords, including Scentre Group, in the spirit of sharing the burden of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, consistent with Government recommendations,” he said.