- Huw Hughes
Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay has confirmed plans to close its Dutch
stores by the end of the year.
A total of 15 stores will be closed and 1,424 jobs will be lost.
Hudson’s Bay employees in the Netherlands were informed of the news on
Thursday afternoon, according to trade union CNV. “Especially because the
adventure lasted so short, the group did not have an obligation to conclude
a social plan for any employees,” Jacqueline Twerde of CNV said Dutch news
site NOS. “We have also seen retailers who pulled the plug in the past and
had themselves declared bankrupt. The employees are then left empty handed.”
Hudson’s Bay opened its first department store outside of Canada in
Amsterdam in 2017.
In September, the Canadian retailer announced it is selling luxury
department store chain Lord + Taylor to fashion rental subscription service
Le Tote in a 100 million dollar deal.
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