NO WORRIES HERE: Woolworths store manager Jeremy O'Mara hard at work. Gympie region's three Woolworths supermarkets are safe from a recently announced round of closures.
NO WORRIES HERE: Woolworths store manager Jeremy O'Mara hard at work. Gympie region's three Woolworths supermarkets are safe from a recently announced round of closures. Patrick Woods

Region's Woolies stores safe

GYMPIE region's Woolworths supermarkets - at Gympie Central, Southside Town Centre and Cooloola Cove - will not be affected by announced major staff cuts and a business overhaul, according to Woolworths spokesman Craig Simonetto.

The giant retailer has announced 500 jobs will be eliminated in a restructure which will also close 30 stores, including 17 in Australia, over the next 12 months.

Gympie's Big W store was not included in the reassurances, but Mr Simonetto said this was not a reflection on its viability.

The future of all Big W stores remained confidential because of lease-related sensitivities, but the company has reportedly identified five Big W stores "likely to close in the next three years, based on current trading performance”.

He said the job shedding would only apply to head office and a Victorian distribution centre.

"None of your stores are affected.”

The company would close 17 stores out of almost 1000 and would be opening 45 new ones in the next three years, he said.

Gympie Times


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