Mirage Retail Group, owner of Dutch retail chain Blokker, is making an offer for department store chain HEMA, a spokesman for Mirage Retail Group confirmed to NU.nl on Sunday after reporting in De Telegraaf.

"We tied the knot on Thursday and decided to make an offer," said Mirage Retail Group. The amount of the offer has not been announced.

It remains to be seen whether and how Marcel Boekhoorn, current owner of HEMA, and the creditors will respond to the offer.

HEMA has been in financial difficulties for a long time. The high debts are a legacy from the past, when HEMA was owned by a British investment company.

In total, this concerns about 800 million euros in debts, of which 50 million must be paid off on Monday. If this is not done, all other debts will become immediately due and payable, which could endanger the entire company and therefore the survival of HEMA.

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