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David Jones to close three food stores in Australia following “significant impact” of COVID-19

Its food offering with BP remains unabated.

David Jones announced it will close three food stores in Victoria as the retailer re-gears the business towards its online offering due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the "significant impact" on Melbourne's CBD, the David Jones Food Hall in the Bourke St Mall will close next month as the brand exits the building in April 2022.

Its food stores at Capitol Grand in Victoria and Malvern Central will also close in April and May, respectively.

Meanwhile, the retailer's current food offering at Elizabeth Street and Bondi Junction in NSW will continue to operate.

"A recent review of our Food business has helped us identify a number of structural changes we need to make to ensure the ongoing success and profitability of this offering," David Jones CEO Scott Fyfe said. "Above all, we are committed to the ongoing delivery of the most iconic elements of our Food offering both instore and online.”

Where possible, staff members impacted by the closures will be redeployed across the business.

David Jones also said its pilot convenience partnership with BP will continue inside 35 service stations across NSW and Victoria.

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