Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
47 - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

302 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 February 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Blokker, a Dutch retail chain specialised in household articles, has announced the closure of 69 of its 190 stores across Belgium leading to the dismissal of 302 employees. The motivation for the closure of the stores, according to management,  is a decline in turnover by 20% over the last five years including operating losses in 2015.  Trade unions have reacted angrily to the announcement and indicate that they will try to save as many jobs as possible by applying the Renault procedure. In addition to that they demand realistic future plans for the entire chain. Federal Minister of Work Kris Peeters has described the situation as dramatic and has discussed the matter with the company management.


  • 7 February 2017: De Redactie
  • 7 February 2017: De Morgen


Eurofound (2017), Blokker, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 90240, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90240.