Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.71 - Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores
European Globalisation Fund (EGF)
Year: 2014, Case number: 9

761 - 800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 October 2013
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2013
Foreseen end date
7 October 2013


Greek clothing and footwear retailer Sprider Stores, member of the Hatzioannou Group is closing down and  about 800 employees will remain jobless. The management of the company announced the suspension of its operations and the closure of all its stores. The company had filed for protection from its creditors under Article 99 of the Bankruptcy Code but it has not been approved by the First Instance Court. 

According to the company the main reason for closing down is banks’ refusal to continue funding. The company has debts amounting to some €90 million to creditors and suppliers.

As announced the company plans to sell its sizeable assets in a bid to settle down its debt and secure the compensation payment of the laid off employees.

Updated, 07-10-2014: The European Commission has proposed to provide Greece with €7.2 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 761 former workers of the clothing retail chain Sprider Stores to find new jobs, and to extend its support to 505 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs). The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for approval.


  • 7 October 2014: European Commission (Press Release)
  • 1 October 2013: Kathimerini
  • 30 September 2013: Ta nea


Eurofound (2013), Sprider Stores, Bankruptcy in Greece, factsheet number 75924, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75924.