Internal restructuring
Nord - Pas-De-Calais;
Location of affected unit(s)
Seclin, Wancourt
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.59 - Retail sale of furniture, lighting equipment and other household articles in specialised stores

268 - 344 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
11 September 2015
Foreseen end date


Fournier group has announced a restructuring with 268 job cuts in its subsidiary Hygena, a retailer of custom made kitchens.  

Fournier Group will relocate from UK the kitchen production to its French site in Thônes (Haute-Savoie). This decision will lead to job cuts in the logistics site of Wancourt (Pas-de-Calais) for which Fournier announced to seek for a take-over. Support functions at the headquarters at Seclin (Nord) will also be cut and several Hygena shops will be closed. The management has announced that it will offer 140 positions within the Fournier group to the affected employees and to find employment solutions for the others. 76 positions will be transformed into sales positions . As employees could refuse a change of their employment contract, the number of dismissals could increase over the 268 already announced.

Fournier is the owner of the custom made kitchens brand Mobalpa and took over Hygena in October 2014.  Hygena has 125 shops in France and 710 employees. The company is struggling with a decrease in sales from €142 million in 2013 to €120 million in 2012.


  • 12 June 2015: Le Figaro
  • 11 June 2015: Ouest France


Eurofound (2015), Hygena, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 83697, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83697.