No redundancies for David Jones staff at Macarthur Square

Jessica Gomes opening David Jones at Macarthur Square in 2017. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis
Jessica Gomes opening David Jones at Macarthur Square in 2017. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Staff at Macarthur Square's David Jones will not be made redundant.

That's the official word from the department store's communication team.

Eight staff at the David Jones store in Wollongong were made redundant on Wednesday afternoon, and a spokesman for the chain said the job cuts reflected a "difficult time in retail".

However, Campbelltown workers do not need to worry about suffering the same fate.

"I can confirm there are no redundancies or changes at the Macarthur Square store," the head of communications told the Advertiser on Thursday.

The once-mighty chain of stores was bought by the South Africa-based Woolworths Holdings group for $2.1 billion in 2014.

Then, Woolworths forecast earnings growth of more than $130 million, but the results have been the reverse - a 67 per cent drop in earnings over two years.

David Jones announced a "transformation" in response to the poor results. The transformation would include closing some stores, shrinking others, and reducing the group's footprint by a quarter.

Macarthur Square unveiled a revamped David Jones in March 2017, with ambassador Jessica Gomes on hand to officially open the store.