Dwindling gross sales in a recessionary atmosphere, which was exacerbated by Covid-19, has pressured Namibia’s longest-serving retailer, Wecke and Voigts, to shut two of its shops. Director of Wecke and Voigts Adriane Jandrell on Monday confirmed the closure of the 2 retailers by finish of June 2021.
In accordance with Jandrell, the shops to be closed are in Independence Avenue and Grove Mall of Namibia. She stated the emotional and difficult resolution to shut the retailers was taken late final 12 months – and the employees can be absorbed inside the group the place attainable.
“Our Wecke and Voigts retail shops – each in Independence Avenue and Grove Mall of Namibia – haven’t been performing nicely in the previous few years. This has been resulting from numerous influences,” she acknowledged.
Drawing upon 126 years of expertise, the Wecke and Voigts Group established itself as a number one enterprise in all its totally different divisions. With retailers in numerous elements of Windhoek, the group consists of Wecke and Voigts retail in Independence Avenue and Grove Mall, Superspar Maerua, Superspar Grove, Spar Westlane, Spar Hochland, Wecke and Voigts Wholesale, in addition to Spar Klein Windhoek. Jandrell notified that the closure just isn’t as a result of Covid-19 pandemic; “nonetheless, the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic confirmed us that we’re certainly depending on the Namibian market”.
Being a household enterprise, the best asset by far is the individuals – be it prospects, staff, shareholders, suppliers or the individuals of Namibia. The Group at the moment has over 900 staff.
A bunch assertion famous that the Wecke and Voigts product choice is completed world-wide in addition to regionally, as they consider in supporting the native financial system.
Wecke and Voigts Retail in Independence Avenue was the primary division retailer within the nation and can also be lovingly identified for its in-house espresso store, Kaffeebar, described as a trendsetter within the native espresso homes.
In January 2021, well-known Windhoek businessman Dieter Voigts died on the age of 82. Voigts was the grandson of Gustav Voigts, who was one of many 4 brothers who settled in Namibia throughout the German colonial interval and based the Wecke and Voigts Firm in 1892.
The late Dieter Voigts handed over the enterprise to his son, Robert Voigts, in November 2016, who was the fourth era to take possession.