GAME Australia cuts 281 staff; closes 60 stores

Employees and head office staff let go; numerous expressions of interest made on the future of the retailer's Australian operations.

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Earlier this month, specialty retailer GAME Australia announced its voluntary administration. Today the company's accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), confirmed that as a result, 264 GAME store employees and 17 members of staff at the organisation's head office had been dismissed.

A continuation of business for GAME Australia has not been ruled out, with various expressions of interest shown. However, as a result of today's news, the retailer will close 60 Australian stores.

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The deadline for expressions of interest closed earlier this week. PwC's Meghan Senior revealed to GameSpot AU that "over thirty [expressions of interest] were made," adding that they will now "need to be assessed" and that the process will "take some time."

Employees will have their entitlements paid via a government scheme that is overseen by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The following stores will be closed:

Albury
Armadale
Armidale
Arndale
Ballina
Bayside Frankston
Bendigo
Broadmeadows
Cairns Central
Calamvale
Camberwell
Canberra Centre
Capalaba
Castle Hill
Charlestown
Eastgardens
Epping Plaza
Forrest Chase
Gateway
Grafton
Greensborough
Griffith
Hornsby
Innaloo
Joondalup
Kawana
Kingaroy
Kingsway
Knox City
Kotara
Lakehaven
Lismore
Logan Hyperdome
Mandurah
Manning Mall
Marion
Midland Gate
Morayfield
Narellan
Orange
Port Central
Renmark
Riverside
Robina
Shepparton
Smithfield (Cairns)
Southlands
Stocklands Cairns
Tamworth
Toowoomba
Townsville
Tweed City
Warrawong
Warringah Mall
Watergardens
Wendouree
Werribee
Willows
Wollongong

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