Jeanswest founder sad about his “baby”‘s demise
Australia’s retail climate has claimed another scalp as iconic clothing retailer Jeanswest has gone into voluntary administration, and the founder and Perth personality, Alister Norwood says he’s sad to hear about the looming closure.
The West Aussie brand opened its first store in Perth back in 1972 before going national.
In a statement sent to 6PR, Alister Norwood says he was “sad” to hear the news about his “baby”:
It had 120 stores and employed over 700 staff.
I hope the company can be restructured and go on.
Basil Zempilas read out the statement from Alister Norwood.
Sponsorship was a huge part of the Jeanswest brand and in the 70s and 80s, along with an Iron Man compeitition, Miss West Coast and Summer Girl pageants were part of the Jeanswest Events.
“My great memories of Jeanswest, there was some terrific and very famous judges of the Miss Summer Girl Quest, [including] Annie Lennox,” former Summer Girl Host Gary Shannon told 6PR.
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Ron was a employee of Jeanswest in the 80s and says Alister Norwood and Cal Bruton turned up to his 21st birthday party.
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Jeanswest currently employs 988 employees across 146 stores in Australia. The retailer will continue operating while a potential buyer for the business is found.