Colette by Colette Hayman to shutter all stores

Colette becomes latest victim of weak retail environment
Source: Facebook

Colette by Colette Hayman has announced the closure of all stores for the foreseeable future, affecting 210 permanent staff as well as casuals. 

While Colette by Colette Hayman group initially committed to close only a quarter of its stores, the slowing footfall and consumer demand driven by the spread of coronavirus has led administrators Deloitte to reconsider. 

Deloitte administrator Vaughn Strawbridge said that the decision was driven by a desire to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. 

“The reality is that COVID-19 presents health risk in a retail environment, and without being able to guarantee a safe environment for store employees, and with their health a priority, we have had to make this decision to cease trading across the 93 store network in Australia,” Strawbridge said. 

“These are extraordinary times, and there is also no certainty that many retail operators in Australia will be able to continue trading amidst so much uncertainty and with public health measures changing so frequently.”

According to Strawbridge, online sales and order deliveries will not be affected, and stores will hopefully be reopened after the risk of COVID-19 has passed. 

Colette by Colette is the latest in a string of retailers shuttering stores in a flagging retail environment, including as Smiggle, Peter Alexander, Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Portmans, Jacqui E, Dotti, Lovisa, Michael Hill, Hype DC, Platypus, The Athlete’s Foot, The Trybe, Noni B, Millers, Rockmans, Rivers, Katies, Autograph, W.Lane, Crossroads, Beme, Saba, Sportscraft, Jag, Tarocash, Connor, Johnny Bigg, and yd.

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