The Fast Retailing France group also announces the loss of more than 300 jobs for its Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse Tam Tam brands.
by IM with AFP
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DObviously, clothing brands in France are going through a complicated period. Camaïeu, Kookaï and Pimkie fell at the start of the year. It’s the Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse Tam Tam’s turn to tremble… The Fast Retailing France group, a subsidiary of the Japanese giant of the same name, announced on Monday that it was considering closing 55 stores under the Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse Tam Tam brands out of 136 in France. , as well as the elimination of 304 positions.
The announcement of this “project to overhaul the distribution strategy” and “reorganization of the network of points of sale” was made on May 23 to the representative bodies of the staff of the two brands, the group told AFP. confirming information from the specialized site FashionNetwork.
Comptoir des Cotonniers (women’s clothing) and Princesse Tam Tam (lingerie) are owned by Fast Retailing France, an entity of the Japanese textile giant whose flagship brand is Uniqlo. The objective of the plan is to “continue to adapt Fast Retailing France to changes in the clothing market and to stem the serious difficulties encountered by the company and its subsidiaries in order to ensure their sustainability”, according to the group.
More than a third of stores threatened
“The situation today is such that it no longer allows Fast Retailing France to continue without risking compromising its future and that of its brands. Especially since no prospect of a real recovery is envisaged, ”says the group.
READ ALSOBankrupt brands: how Beauvais wants to save its city centerConcerning Comptoir des Cotonniers, the project provides for the closure of 28 points of sale out of the 67 currently operated in France, and the elimination of 101 positions out of 272 permanent contracts. For Princesse Tam Tam, the closure of 27 points of sale out of 69 is planned, as well as the elimination of 84 positions out of 235 permanent contracts.
To this is added the elimination of 119 positions within Fast Retailing France “in order to adapt the workforce to the reorganization of the distribution network but also to reduce its oversizing”. “The objective is to close the closures (of shops) by August 2024, but the support for employees will be done over a longer period”, specified the group.
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