Suzanne Grae stores to close

18:48, Feb 25 2013

Staff at two Suzanne Grae stores in Christchurch are shocked to be told they will be out of a job.

The owners of the women's clothing chain have decided to close the 19 stories in New Zealand over the next 11 months, including two in Christchurch.

About 100 staff are employed throughout New Zealand. The retail chain has operated in New Zealand since 2006.

Suzanne Grae chief executive Carole Molyneux said despite its best efforts the company had not been able to establish a sustainable business.

Suzanne Grae employs about 15 staff at stores in Westfield mall in Riccarton and at The Palms in Shirley.

One staff member said the shop had only been open seven months. She did not want to be named.

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''We are very shocked and don't feel the stores have been given a chance really.''

The staff did not have redundancy provisions in their employment contracts.

''No retailer would put redundancy in any contracts these days. That's long gone.''

Until the shop closed staff would continue to do a good job, she said.

''We won't let them down.''

Another staff member said: ''We are all gutted but, I mean, what else can you do?''

Staff in Christchurch were used to bad news, she said. ''Life goes on.''

The Press