Sunday 28 November 2021

Turkish retailer takes over Mexx fashion chain, job impact unclear

mexx by Hans Olav LienTurkish retail company Eroglu Holding  has taken over bankrupt Dutch fashion house Mexx, but it is not yet clear what the implications are for jobs, website reports on Thursday.

Financial details for the takeover were not disclosed but Eroglu’s chief executive, Nurettin Eroglu, says he sees plenty of potential in the Dutch firm.

‘Mexx has 500 stores in 56 countries and annual sales of €1.2bn,’ he is quoted as saying by the Telegraaf. ‘We hope this takeover will allow us to expand our brand in the global fashion market.’

Eroglu Holding has more than 600 outlets in 38 countries, including Russia, Ukraine and Germany. Its brands include Loft and Colin’s. The company says it plans to open 100 new Mexx stores in Turkey within the coming five years.

In an interview with website, official receiver Frits Kemp said the new owner is a serious company which will remain true to the brand. Other potential buyers had come forward who wanted to liquidate the company, Kemp said.

Eroglu Holding plans to employ 200 of the 500 Dutch Mexx staff, and they will be able to apply for the jobs which are available, Kemp said. Although pay and conditions have yet to be agreed, Kemp said he expected Eroglu would do the ‘decent’ thing.

Mexx was declared bankrupt at the beginning of December. The company was launched by Rattan Cadha in 1986. He later sold the group to American fashion group Liz Claiborne. In 2011, The Gores Group bought an 82% stake for €85m.

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