The Prime Minister has made it quite clear that retail stores and shopping centres can still remain open. But many favourite shops are just finding trading conditions too hostile and have opted to close their doors, leaving thousands without jobs.

The latest victims of the Coronavirus closures include Premier Investments Limited – which owns the Just Group, whose popular brands include Just Jeans, Smiggle, Peter Alexander, Jay Jays, Portmans, Jacqui E and Dotti.

The company has also announced that it will shut down outlets in the UK and New Zealand, standing down over 9,000 staff members.

Responsible Action

“These extraordinary steps have been deemed necessary by governments to limit the spread and minimise the impact of the pandemic,” the Premier corporation said in a statement.

“Premier’s primary focus is the health and safety of its employees, its customers and the broader community.”

The company said Australian shops will shut its doors from 6pm tonight and are earmarked to open on 22 April.

Staff Stood Down

Premier said that “all employees in Australia are to be stood down, except for a small number of employees required to perform limited essential work. This means our team members will not attend work and will not be paid.”

“We have put in place special arrangements for employees to access accrued annual and long service leave entitlements to reduce the impact over this time.”

The management team is working from home when required with either no pay or accessing other entitlements during the shutdown.


“This is the hardest decision ever made by Premier – our team is our family and we want to do everything we can to keep them employed, but we believe that it is necessary and the right decision for them, their families, our customers, and the country,” the Premier statement read.

What About Rent?

The company has said that it will not be paying rent during this time, as reported in news.com.au.

“These extraordinary circumstances mean Premier intends not to pay any rent globally for the duration of the shutdown,” the group revealed.

More Favourite Shops Shut

Yesterday, we reported that Mosaic Brands, the parent company of popular outlets including Noni B, Rivers and Katie, was also closing up shop as a result of Coronavirus pressures.

In addition, Accent group, which owns Platypus, Hype and Athletes Foot will close 522 stores for four weeks from Friday, standing down more than 5000 workers.

With retail stores closing all over, it looks inevitable that shopping centres will follow soon.

Do you think it’s the right thing for all these favourite shops to close now? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • It really was a crazy time.


  • I’m sure there’ll be another rush of these at the end of the year, if the christmas surge doesn’t eventuate.


  • It sure has been a strange time for all. The closing of so many businesses, some recover, but many won’t. What has been happening, sure does shine a different light on life.


  • I feel so sorry for the businesses, they have and continue to suffer so much.


  • A horrible time for all independent shop owners,many would have closed shop for good.


  • A very tough time for all, with different business and family pressures.


  • I feel so sad for all of these businesses and workers. I wish them all the best.


  • It’s good for the moment as they will reopen soon enough


  • It’s very sad for all involved, but if it’s what has to be done , then it’s a good thing


  • Sad but important in the grand scheme of things


  • Such a sad time, but we have been able to keep the death toll down which is what we want

    • Keeping the toll down and flattening the curve is indeed what needs to happen.


  • So sad, but understandable. If we’re being told not to leave the house unless absolutely essential, the staff in these stores are exposing themselves whilst also hardly receiving any custom. Looking forward to these shops re-opening and me providing my custom again.


  • I think they are being socially responsible and caring about the community and their employees.


  • I’m hoping many of these shops will be able to offer online services to keep their businesses going ….


  • Being stood down is unfair, I was actually let go because there is “no work” and it is terrible knowing I only had 3 weeks pay and most recruiting is on hold so will be very hard to find another job.


  • It would be great to see these shops opt in to on line sales and then those staff instead of being stood down could be doing order processing from the shop front – just close them down to customers coming in, but processing orders will help keep our economy going and during this time, we need to find a balance for health and economy


  • I’m sure we can cope without some of these shops for a short term but not too long. Certainly not the grocery shops though. Hopefully the shops will be open again in the very near future.


  • Hopefully we can continue to shop online and this will all be over soon.


  • Wow, there really is going to be nothing left! It’s really important at this time to support local businesses who are still open, especially restaurants who are now doing takeaway.


  • I walked through a shopping center this morning and it felt deserted. The sooner we stop this the sooner this country can resume and everyone can try to get their lives back.


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