Myer, Kathmandu and Rip Curl fall victim to coronavirus

The Myer store in Westfield Miranda.
The Myer store in Westfield Miranda.

Myer, Kathmandu and Rip Curl are the latest stores to be closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Myer store in Westfield Miranda, along with the rest of the retailer's stores throughout Australia, will shut its doors at the end of trade tomorrow (Sunday).

The Kathmandu chain and its surf wear offshoot Rip Curl closed by Friday. There are Kathmandu and Rip Curl stores at Miranda and Cronulla.

Myer stores will remain closed until at least April 27 as a result of coronavirus.

About 10,000 staff will be stood down.

The retailer said in a statement on Friday night the health and wellbeing of its staff and customers was its priority.

Myer will continue to operate all online businesses, with the threshold for free delivery reduced to $49 per order. The returns policy has also been relaxed.

The company said 10,000 staff members would be stood down across the country.

"As team members will not be working, they will not be paid during this period of imposed closure," the statement reads.

However, staff members would be given greater flexibility to access annual leave and long service leave entitlements in addition to government assistance measures.

"Our thoughts are with our team members, and their families, as we know this will be a difficult period," Myer said.

Kathmandu closed all its Australian stores including its surf wear chain, Rip Curl, by the close of business on Friday.

The retailer has about 1300 employees in Australia.

Most staff will be stood down without pay for four weeks.

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