Robinsons Closing Down: Empty Shelves & No Clearance Prices
No need to rush down to queue up at the stores.
Department store Robinsons caught many shoppers by surprise when it unexpectedly announced on Oct 30 that it was going out of business. The news came after it shuttered its three-storey outlet at Jem in August this year. Robinsons' remaining two outlets at The Heeren and Raffles City Shopping Centre will be closed to facilitate the liquidation process, though the exact closure date has not been specified.
According to a customer FAQ sheet issued by Robinsons' appointed liquidator KordaMentha, it is currently working with various stakeholders like key suppliers and landlords to hopefully agree a sale timeline , and that we are hopeful of execute [sic] a sale campaign through to approximately mid to end December 2020 .
The short answer is yes. But on Oct 30, Robinsons posted a notice on social media stating that purchases made using vouchers must now be double the voucher's value. This means if you have a $100 Robinsons voucher, you must spend at least $200 in order to utilise the voucher. The retailer did not give a reason for the change in policy.
From our observation, there wasn't much one could buy at The Heeren outlet. The shelves were mostly empty. In the bedding department, we saw some shoppers valiantly picking through some bedsheets and towels.
Customers who had earlier bought mattresses but have yet to receive their delivery will have to wait till the company sorts out payment terms with its bedding suppliers. According to Robinsons' Facebook update, the store is scheduling meetings with mattress suppliers on an urgent basis to try and resolve the current situation which is negatively impacting our customers .
It adds: Unfortunately, until we are able to discuss and resolve the issues with the mattress suppliers we are unable to provide any further update or action any deliveries, refunds or exchanges.
Part of the women's shoes section was cordoned off with yellow 'caution' tape.
The clutter was probably why the area was sealed off to shoppers.
There were only a few harried-looking sales assistants around. Some of them were scurrying in and out of the stockrooms, though it was hard to get hold of a staff member for assistance.
When we did manage to stop a sales assistant to enquire about clearance discounts, she politely informed us that the only promotion was $30 off with a minimum spending of $200, or $20 off for purchases above $150. There were also printed signs placed around the store informing customers of this discount, which appeared to be a fairly standard Robinsons promotion, and not a special closing down sale.
Some dining ware and random kitchen knick-knacks left (shelves for brands like Le Creuset and Scanpan were completely emptied).
Displays at the beauty counters were covered with a plastic sheet; half of the beauty hall occupying the first floor was also cleared out.
While the womenswear department had racks of discounted clothing, everything was jumbled up and chaotic. In the time of a Covid-19 pandemic, it might be a better idea to shop in leisure and spend your Al-Futtaim vouchers at a less crowded store.
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