BT and Arnotts unlikely to be last retail victims of Covid-19 – The Irish Times

Brown Thomas and Arnotts are not just loved by consumers, they are also adored by their employees, many of whom have been with the retailers for years.

That may in part reflect the very personal tone of managing director Donald McDonald’s announcement of 150 job losses across the group on Thursday. Telling staff the news was, he said, the “toughest decision” he’s had to make during his time at the company.

It is highly likely that, in the coming weeks and months, we are going to see plenty more redundancy announcements coming from retailers, many of whom are struggling to stay afloat.

Having been forced to shut stores for months they now find that, having reopened, business is dead. Footfall is down because consumers are still wary of being out in public. Many shoppers have also taken their business online. Add high rents to the mix and the future for

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