Pick n Pay clears the air
02 July 2020 | Business
Pick n Pay responded to what it terms misleading reports that appeared about the closure of its store in Walvis Bay yesterday.
According to the Ohlthaver & List Group’s corporate communications manager, Roux-che Locke, a decision was made to close the store at the Pick n Pay Centre (formerly the Seagulls Mall) because the current economic climate in the Erongo region does not allow the company to operate three stores there.
“It duplicates already high operating expenses, including extremely high utility costs in comparison to the rest of Namibia.”
Locke said that the decision to close the store was made as part of a business re-alignment strategy that was developed to turn Pick n Pay Namibia into a sustainable and profitable business and in so doing, secure jobs.
“At this stage, there are no further closures planned and we will continue to have a presence in the Erongo region with our stores at the Dunes Mall and in Swakopmund.”
She emphasised that the closure of the Pick n Pay store in Walvis Bay is by no means related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“However, the consequential impact of the pandemic remains a concern for all businesses, including Pick n Pay. We would like to categorically state that while some of our employees at the closed store opted to be retrenched and others were relocated, the future of our employees through job security at O&L operating companies, remains our priority.”
Locke also responded to a media report regarding the future sponsorship of the Pick n Pay Cycle Classic, saying the headline “the future of Pick n Pay is under scrutiny” [sic] is totally incorrect and misleading.
“The report was misconstrued and created a factually incorrect and negative perception of Pick n Pay and the O&L Group.”
She gave the assurance that the O&L Group is passionately and aggressively committed to its purpose, namely ‘creating a future, enhancing life’.