Camping chain Aussie Disposals will close 11 stores after the business’ sales fell dramatically during the bushfire crisis and due to the coronavirus.
Camping chain Aussie Disposals will close 11 stores after the business’ sales fell dramatically during the bushfire crisis and due to the coronavirus.

Another Aussie chain goes into voluntary administration

Camping store Aussie Disposals has collapsed into voluntary administration, after sales fell in the aftermath of earlier bushfires and the current coronavirus economic crisis.

The company today said it will close 11 of its 36 stores in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, while an unspecified number of the 120 employees will lose their jobs.

Managing director Mark Purvis said the company was focused on ensuring all team members received their "full entitlement regardless of the company's future".

"In recent times the drought, bushfires and now the coronavirus have taken a massive toll on the business, leaving us no alternative but to place the business into voluntary administration," Mr Purvis said in a statement.

"We are now working extremely hard with our banker's creditors and suppliers to secure a way forward."

It is understood that Aussie Disposals remains on good terms with its main lender ANZ Bank.

Administrator Peter Goodin of Magnetic Insolvency said it was "business as usual" for the 25 stores that remained open.

"The company actually had a two-year restructuring program in place before they spoke to me. The bushfires and coronavirus have accelerated the need to reconstruct," Mr Goodin said.

"This is actually a very good administration from the point of view of what creditors can get back. The trimming of the deadwood will allow the company to return to profitability."

Aussie Disposals sells a range of camping furniture, fishing supply and snow gear, along with stocking military surplus products.

Its move to voluntary administration follows a string of retail collapses in the past six months, including homewares store Ishka, department store Harris Scarfe, Jeanswest, Colette by Colette Hayman, Laura Ashley and Co-op Bookshop's Curious Planet retail chain.

Originally published as Another Aussie chain goes into voluntary administration


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