ABC Shops across the country will begin phased closures as Aunty moves towards an online retail model.
A statement released this morning said: “ABC Retail will review its lease arrangements with landlords and develop a revised retail model with a focus on ABC Shop Online and ABC branded outlets in other retailers.”
Currently the ABC has 50 stores across the country and 78 ABC Centres in other retail outlets.
Robert Patterson, director of ABC Commercial said in the statement: “The ABC Shops have been an important part of the ABC’s relationship with its audiences for the past 35 years and this decision has not been taken lightly. However, this strategy will create a more cost effective, nimble and flexible approach to servicing customers.
“This direction is also in keeping with the shift of ABC audiences to accessing content across an array of digital platforms, while maintaining an appropriate level of physical retail distribution.”
The head of ABC Retail, Regina Hoekstra, said “The welfare of our staff will be a primary focus over the next few months. We are conscious that the ABC Shop is close to the hearts of our teams and we appreciate their ongoing hard work and dedication.
“ABC Retail will continue to adapt to an ever-changing retail climate in order to provide a sustainable retailing experience for customers.”
Which begs the question: where are we going to get our Doctor Who memorabilia from now?