The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another big retail chain.
Ronsons – which sold affordable shoes for many years – will not reopen its retail store in Burnaby’s Amazing Brentwood.
Ronsons outlets in Burnaby closed in March due to the pandemic and will not reopen again.
It’s a sad end for a company that operated for 32 years, including multiple locations in Burnaby. The stores were known for their affordable array of brands and excellent customer service.
Many online outlets have been steadily eating away at retail store profits and the COVID-19 pandemic is a final nail for many companies.
The entire company, which had 18 stores, is now in receivership, according to the head of the company, Tony Aronson in an emotional Facebook post. It has also closed its head office and warehouse.
“Thirty two years ago, my father and I started Ronsons with our first store in Kerrisdale, Vancouver,” Aronson wrote. “With the help of our incredible staff, loyal customers and supplier partners – many of them friends, we grew the business to eighteen locations. It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the company is now in receivership. To our loyal staff, customers and suppliers, I thank you for your partnership for so many years. Perhaps out of the ashes, a bright spark will allow us to work together again. Wishing you all my prayers in this difficult time.”
Ronsons has even shut down its website.