Location of affected unit(s)
various locations
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Cultural And Recreation Goods In Specialised Stores
47.61 - Retail sale of books in specialised stores

100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
7 May 2020
Foreseen end date


Empik, a Polish books, press and media products trader, announced that it will close all of its book stores operating under the brand Mole Mole. As a result, about 100 people will be made redundant. Also, the retailer will liquidate the Mole Mole online store. At the same time, the company revealed that 40 of its book stores with the Empik logo, located in shopping malls, will not be reopened despite the decision of the Polish government to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions and allow the malls to reopen on 4 May 2020. Empik has thus terminated 40 contract agreements.

Empik was founded in 1991; currently, the chain has over 260 stores across the country. The company also owns a photo company, Empik Foto, a foreign language school - Empik School, as well as 35 Mole Mole stores.



Eurofound (2020), Mole Mole, Closure in Poland, factsheet number 100619, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100619.