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Ishka Shopfront In Warrnambool

Ishka Future Unclear

Ishka Future Unclear

Ishka Shopfront In Warrnambool

Ishka has announced it has gone into voluntary administration

An Australian family-owned retail chain, which has been operating for almost 50 years, has gone into voluntary administration.

Ishka, sells homewares, gifts, clothing and jewellery through 60 stores across the country, including at there Kepler St store in Warrnambool.

Owner and chief executive Toby Darvall is citing a catastrophic Christmas and summer trading period for the decision.

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He says the focus now is on their 450 employees.

"Many of our staff have been with us for decades, they're friends and really part of the Ishka family, they at the moment are our sole focus" Mr Darvall said.

"We need to try and do whatever we possibly can to preserve as many of those 450 jobs as possible".

Ishka becomes the latest national retailer to announce voluntary administration, following the likes of Harris Scarfe, EB Games and Jeanswest.

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