ABC to close retail outlets & online shop
16 jobs to go. DVDs, books, music & merchandise to be available through approved retailers.
ABC will end its retail outlets around the country by February 15 2019 and will exit the ABC Shop Online by the end of this year.
ABC Shops closed in 2015 but ABC Centres exists within partner stores including Sanity, Collins and Dymocks. Up to 16 redundancies are expected in the announcement.
Andrew Lambert, General Manager ABC Commercial, said: “Consultation with employees and union representatives on this proposal begins today and we look forward to their input over the coming weeks.
“ABC Shop Online and the ABC Centres are an important part of the ABC’s commercial operations, and these decisions are never taken lightly.
“This proposal directly responds to the changing market, in particular consumers’ shift to digital delivery of audio and visual content. Coupled with the intensifying global competition affecting the entire retail sector, the resulting decline in physical sales means the retail business is becoming increasingly unviable.”
ABC DVDs, music, books, toys and other merchandise will be available through “approved retailers” only.