14 May 2020

Coronavirus: Hardware stores close after lockdown

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 14 May 2020

Hardware stores are among the hardest hit in the lockdown retail slump with the country's two big operators closing sites.

Bunnings Warehouse is proposing to close seven stores that are no longer viable, and at least one Mitre10 store has closed, albeit temporarily.

Twenty-three staff at Mitre10 in Whangaparoa north of Auckland were made redundant after earlier taking pay cuts to try to stave off job losses but in any level of lockdown during a global pandemic, redundancies are far from straight-forward.

Amy Williams reports.