Spain's fashion retailing giant Inditex is to close a score of stores in Andalucía during the summer months as it undergoes a massive restructuring of its business.
The local secretary of the CC OO trade union in Malaga, Isabel Ramos, has confirmed to SUR that the planned closures will affect five stores in the province.
The Rincón de la Victoria store stopped operating on 11 May and four more on the coast will also close permanently this summer.
Two of them are iconic: the Zara and Zara Home stores located on Avenida Ricardo Soriano in Marbella, the main retail artery of the Golden Mile and home to one of the company’s oldest stores in the province. These closures will affect a staff of 29 and three employees respectively.
In Torremolinos, the Inditex group, owned by Amancio Ortega, will shut two stores: Pull&Bear in the central Calle San Miguel (seven employees) and Zara Niños (Kiddy's Class) at the El Pinillo shopping centre where six jobs will be lost according to the CC OO union.
Nationwide, Inditex will close 56 stores during the months of June, July and August 2021, with the relocation of its 475 employees to other stores in the group, while continuing with its digital transformation process. Most of these will happen in Andalucía, with the closure of 20 stores, with a staff of 195 employees, followed by Madrid and Catalonia.
The company has said it is committed to larger stores, with “technologically advanced tools” and has said it will comply with the agreement signed with the unions to protect jobs and guarantee the relocation of the workforce.
However, CC OO claims that the company is not doing what was agreed. “They are offering low-quality jobs, with fewer hours and even outside home provinces, which is forcing many to decide to leave the company,” said Isabel Ramos, from CC OO Málaga.
Inditex plans to complete its restructuring in 2021, which began in 2020, and in which a total of 400 stores are expected to close this year.
These are the stores in Malaga province affected by the Inditex restructuring
Zara Home in Avenida Ricardo Soriano in Marbella (expected closing date: 7 August, 2021. Affects three employees)
Zara in Avenida Ricardo Soriano in Marbella (expected closing date: 7 September, 2021. Affects 29 employees)
Zara in Rincón de la Victoria (closed since 11 May, 2021. Affects 32 employees)
Zara Niños (Kiddy's Class at the El Pinillo Shopping Centre in Torremolinos. Affects six employees)
Pull&Bear on Calle San Miguel in Torremolinos (expected closing date: 8 August, 2021. Affects seven workers)