South Africa’s TFG concludes agreement to buy Jet stores, some approvals pending

PUBLISHED: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:57:19 GMT
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African retailer TFG said on Monday it has concluded an agreement to buy select assets of budget clothes retailer Jet from the administrators of rival Edcon and expects to meet all conditions by the end of September.

TFG, known as The Foschini Group, said in July it will buy 371 stores and some assets of Jet for 480 million rand ($27.56 million) in order to expand into the budget clothes market, a segment in which it is not a major player. [nL3N2EK1XF]

It said it has now reached an agreement for the assets in South Africa, where most of the stores it is buying are located. Similar agreements for stores in Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and the kingdom of eSwatini are expected to be finalised shortly, it said.

The remaining conditions include approval by competition authorities, an agreement with Jet’s landlords on amended lease terms and a deal with credit and financial services provider RCS to continue to operate Jet’s credit book.

Edcon, which also owns department store chain Edgars, applied for bankruptcy protection in April in an attempt to salvage parts of the group. Edcon has been a go-to place for South African shoppers for nearly a century, but ran into financial problems and failed to compete with international fashion chains such as Sweden’s H&M.

($1 = 17.4145 rand)

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