Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

JD offers voluntary redundancy to Cloggs team

Staff at footwear etailer Cloggs are being offered voluntary redundancy by new owner JD Sports Fashion as it looks to cut overheads.

The entire 35-strong head office team are understood to be considering the package, with sources indicating that JD, which acquired the business in mid-February, wants to halve the division. Drapers understands that about 60% are expected to accept the offer.

Staff have been given two months to make their decision, although some are expected to leave as early as the end of next week.

One source said: “People are worried about what will happen to the business now and so have decided to take what
is being offered to them and look for other opportunities.”

JD is putting in place a structure built around a smaller workforce, closing the Birmingham city centre head office and relocating the headquarters to Cloggs’ warehouse facility on the outskirts of the city. Warehouse staff are not thought to be affected.

As part of the restructure, it is understood the etailer will be directed away from its heavy discounting strategy towards a more full-priced offer.

Cloggs’ one standalone store, in Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre, has closed since JD took control.

A second industry source told Drapers: “Having a store presence was not part of JD’s plan for the business.”
JD declined to comment.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Lets just take out the competition and do what we want! How long will the government stand aside and do nothing and let JD & SDI take over the mid-market? Surely we're getting close to a duopoly situation (monopoly x2?!)

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • At last they pick up a distressed business and get rid of the management who couldnt run it in the first place! - Peter is on the right track with this one, but is he too late to deal with all the other distressed buisnesses they have bought with there old management teams in place!? the sports side is clearly propping this all up but it can only do it for so long, SDI will win in the end.

    Duopoly - i dont think Mikes really does these, although JD may think they are best of mates! wake up boys...

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Sports Direct isn't middle market, it's sub-Primark bottom of the barrel.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.