CONFIRMED: Big W HQ announces verdict on Dalby store
IN APRIL last year, Woolworths Group announced that they intended to close up to 30 BIG W stores and two distribution centres over the next three years.
While three stores closed down in New South Wales last year, many worried that regional towns would be next.
However, a spokesman for BIG W confirmed to the Dalby Herald that the retail giant is not going anywhere.
“The purpose of the Big W’s store review that was announced in April 2019, was to build a strong, profitable and more sustainable store and distribution centre network that reflects our customers’ needs and the rapidly changing retail environment.
“Since our closure of the three stores in NSW in July, we have made no further store closure announcements to date.
We understand the announcement, without confirmation of specific stores, will create some uncertainty for our teams and the communities in which we operate, particularly in regional areas.
“In the interim, all Big W stores will continue to trade as normal.”
With over 22,000 employees nation wide, the fall out of the retail chain could be disastrous.
Dalby’s Chamber of Commerce President Rohan May believes that if the Dalby district were to loose Big W, it would have major implications for the region.
“It would be absolutely devastating if Dalby were to loose BIG W” Mr May stated.
“Although we know it as the big retail business, having it in the shopping centre allows for foot traffic to the smaller businesses around it.
“It is one of two variety stores in town, it allows the residents to have a choice, but without it, it would rip the heart out of the community.”
The spokesman for BIG W stated that on average, each store employs up to 90 people in each store across Australia.
“It is where a lot of the youth in town get their foot in the door for their first job, to potentially have that option removed would be a real shame” Mr May added.
“It is imperative that everyone in Dalby continues to shop local, even these bigger, multi national stores, we need to throw our weight behind them”