Tullamore A|wear jobs secure

A|wear will continue to trade as normal in its store in Tullamore following its acquisition by a group of international investors, headed by British businessman Michael Flacks of Flacks Group.

A|wear will continue to trade as normal in its store in Tullamore following its acquisition by a group of international investors, headed by British businessman Michael Flacks of Flacks Group.

Jim Luby of McStay Luby was appointed as Receiver to A|wear by previous owners Hilco and reached agreement with the international group of investors to sell the business.

The transaction will protect the jobs of the four employees in the Tullamore store.

There are 460 full and part-time staff in the 32 A|wear stores in the Republic of Ireland.

The deal secures the long term viability of the A|wear business and ensures that shoppers in Offaly can continue to enjoy the A|wear product offering.

Michael Flacks, President and CEO of Flacks Group said, “This acquisition is a very positive development for A|wear, its employees and customers. I have been highly impressed by the strength of the A|wear brand, its excellent standing as a leading fashion retailer in this market and its potential for future growth. My colleagues and I are here to develop and grow this business, not shrink it. A|wear has been operating in a challenging trading environment and needs investment and a new strategic direction.

“We see excellent potential to work with homegrown Irish designers, to develop the online side of the business and to grow the A|wear brand internationally. We have a strong team and significant financial support from our new ownership structure, which also brings with it vast international retail expertise and experience. We look forward to working with the management team and staff at A|wear and its suppliers – we have a common goal and look forward to delivering on the potential that lies ahead.”