Earlier this year, we revealed BIG W’s plans to close a number of stores. Now the discount retailer has announced which stores are the first to be on the chopping block.

We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news for those living in Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield in Sydney, but you guys will be losing your local BIG W by January next year.

The parent corporation, Woolworths Group, confirmed the news in a statement.

“BIG W is announcing today that they have reached an agreement with landlords to close three stores in Sydney in January 2020,” Managing Director of BIG W, David Walker said.

“These are not decisions we take lightly and we regret the impact the closures will have on affected team members.”

Mr Walker added that supporting his employees remains the number one priority.

“We will support our team and explore redeployment opportunities with team members who choose to continue their career at BIG W or with other Woolworths Group brands in the months ahead,” he said.

Following an extensive review of the chain of stores, it was determined that around thirty stores across the country and two distribution centres in Warwick, QLD and Monarto, SA will close over the next 3 years.

“BIG W will continue to work with landlords over the coming months as part of the network review and remain committed to building a strong and sustainable BIG W that meets the needs of Australian families,” Woolworths Group said.

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  • Hopefully we don’t lose ours we already have limited shopping options.

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  • So many businesses are closing. There are too many people looking for work – they can’t possibly all find new employment.

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  • How sad for the people without a job.

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  • Please don’t close our store. We’re losing so many stores in our Shopping Centres – all the ones I shop at eg. JeansWest, Ally, Crossroads, Femme Connection, Forcast. I can’t take any more closing.

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  • I really hope the one near me doesn’t close!

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  • It is a shame that they find they have to close some of their stores. Wonder if on-line shopping has been their downfall.

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  • They have obviously done their math’s and saw that they are not feasible to keep open. You can buy things off Big W online if your store closes.

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  • Only NSW so far?

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  • I hope they don’t close our local one – I love it!

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  • I like big w! Probably prefer it over Kmart actually

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  • Our local closed over a year ago – I miss having a Big W nearby.

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  • I love big W !! I’ll be sad!

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  • So sad I love Big W but also glad none of them are my local

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  • That’s a pitty, I love Big W. Good to hear their employees are number 1 priority and they explore redeployment opportunities.

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  • I hope they manage to relocate the employees before they close. Woolworths is a big brand and I am sure they can try their best to accomodate them.

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