Mirage Retail group, the parent company of Blokker and Big Bazar, is still interested in an acquisition of HEMA. That says CEO Michiel Witteveen on Tuesday in conversation with NU.nl.
Shortly before HEMA management reached an agreement with a group of creditors on a takeover involving debt restructuring, Blokker's parent company expressed an interest in the retail chain.
"We are still interested in that, are still working on it and have sufficient resources for it," says Witteveen firmly. "There is a specific procedure for this and we follow the rules for that."
The Blokker and Big Bazar stores survived the first months of the corona crisis, without recourse to government support. Suppliers and landlords were also paid on.
"Despite the fact that the number of visitors is still 20 percent lower," says Witteveen of Mirage Retail Group, which also includes Miniso and toy store chain Intertoys in an explanation of the publication of the annual figures for 2019.
Blokker's online sales account for only 10 percent of its turnover, which the company thinks is fine. "We are a retailer," said Witteveen. The wish is that customers will order more from home in the long term and then collect it from the store. "It has to be in the future."
Intertoys is now fully integrated
According to Mirage's CEO, the goals for 2019 have been met and on some fronts it has performed better than expected. "Our equity is positive again with 64 million euros and looks a lot healthier than a year earlier."
In the past year, the loss was reduced by 200 million euros to 144 million euros, turnover fell from 817 million euros to 544 million euros. The latter is the result of the sale of chains such as Marskramer and the closure of loss-making shops.
In the second half of this year, toy chain Intertoys will be fully integrated within the group. This concerns 130 stores, eighty franchise branches and eleven hundred employees. The chain was bought back in September last year.