Sam’s workers to get entitlements

ABOUT 25 workers who lost their jobs in last fortnight’s closure of the Traralgon Sam’s Warehouse store are likely to receive full entitlements, after “successful” closing down sales across the country.

Sam’s Warehouse parent company Discount Superstores Group was put into receivership early last month after the franchise went into financial distress, with about $10 million owing to a national workforce of about 2200.

The Traralgon store employed 21 casuals, one part-time worker and two full-time workers.

A spokesperson for receiver KordaMentha said closing down fire sales across the country had raised enough funds to ensure worker entitlements would be paid out.

“We are very confident we will be able to pay full entitlements by the end of September, because local communities have responded wonderfully to the receivers’ sale,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said with 25 employees, the Traralgon store was one of the biggest in the country.

Stores in Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Warragul have also been affected by the closures.

“Gippsland has some of the largest stores in the country – three out of four stores in the region are very sizeable, it’s unusual to have that many in the one region.”

The spokesperson said more than 100 of 143 national stores would be closed this Sunday, with further closures to come.