Edcon administrators sign sale of Edgars to Durban’s Retailability

Johannesburg – Edcon has signed an agreement to sell parts of its business to private equity-backed Retailability, administrators in charge of its restructuring said on Monday.

Edcon, which owns the 91-year-old department store chain Edgars, entered into a form of bankruptcy protection in April after a coronavirus led lockdown hurt the already struggling finances of the company.

“(The deal) not only indicates confidence in the Edgars business but augments Retailability’s already blue-chip level of retail expertise,” said Matuson Associates, administrators of the process.

The administrators and Retailability will start work on signing of the sale and purchase agreements for Edgars’ rest of Africa business.

The transactions is expected to close by September and will save a “significant” number of jobs, said the administrators.

Durban-based Retailability, which also runs the clothing outlets Beaver Canoe for men’s fashion and Style for families, has 440 stores and some 2,000 employees in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

Edcon also signed a deal with TFG this month to sell select assets of budget clothing Jet.

The Foschini Group, said in July it will buy 371 stores and some assets of Jet for R480 million in order to expand into the budget clothes market, a segment in which it is not a major player.

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