Pick n Pay Otjiwarongo employees set to lose jobs

24 March 2017

About 75 Pick n Pay Namibia store employees in Otjiwarongo could potentially lose their jobs when the store closes next month.

Pick n Pay is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group.

The company said this week that it will close the store on 30 April, leaving the employees in limbo.

Pick n Pay Namibia Managing Director, Norbert Wurm, said the closure came after the property owner of the current Pick n Pay centre in the town decided to revamp the building.

Work on the project is scheduled to kick off in April, and will last for at least half a year.

The Pick n Pay Otjiwarongo store has been in operation for more than 16 years.

Wurm assured the public that the company had taken the necessary measures to minimise the repercussions of the closure on the lives of its employees.

“Following the announcement by the property-owner of the planned renovations and construction of the shopping centre, and taking into consideration the safety of our employees and customers coupled with the shopping experience, Pick n Pay was left with no other option, but to close the store for the foreseeable future until such time construction is completed - the date of which is undetermined at this stage,” he said.

Wurm added that efforts to help the workers include absorbing and transferring staff into current and suitable vacancies within Pick n Pay, amongst others.

Staff members will also be offered retrenchment packages and will also be advised of any future vacancies.

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