Voreia Ellada; Kentriki Makedonia; Thessaloniki
Location of affected unit(s)
Central Macedonia, Thessaly, Attica
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.7 - Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores
European Globalisation Fund (EGF)
Year: 2014, Case number: 13

611 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 November 2012
Employment effect (start)
30 November 2012
Foreseen end date
30 November 2012


Odysseus Fokas S.A., founded in 1936, grew into one of the biggest clothing and footwear retail chains in Greece, with particularly strong growth and expansion in the 1990s.

According to news sources, the company started to face severe liquidity problems in 2010 and  recorded losses of € 7.6 million,  while in 2009 it had profits  over € 210.000.

High costs, high administrative costs and increased liabilities, coupled with the sharp decline in sales since 2010 were blamed.

Since November 2012, the company has resorted to the protection of Article 99 of the Bankruptcy Code and 611 employees lost their jobs.

The company was finally declared bankrupt in March 2014 after the Thessaloniki Court decision (no 4668)  of the Thessaloniki Court.  According to other sources, the company owes over €40.8 million to 9 suppliers and € 33.3 million to its’ employees.


  • 17 June 2016: capital.gr
  • 2 December 2012: Dimokratia


Eurofound (2012), Odyssefs Fokas, Bankruptcy in Greece, factsheet number 93203, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93203.