BING Harris – sister brand to Rodd and Gunn – is set to shut its remaining five New Zealand stores mid-march following the decision to cease trading. Staff within the Bing Harris family have all been offered alternative jobs within the company, or left prior to closing.

"All store leases have been assigned and out of 120 people there is one redundancy. This is not a fire sale or slash and burn, it is an orderly close down whilst we redirect our capital investment and resources into our USA business," said Rodd and Gunn managing director Michael Beagley.

Accent Group have taken the leases in an effort to expand its retail presence with the success of stores like Platypus, Timberland, Skechers and Vans.

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