Location of affected unit(s)
Saint-Étienne, Clermont-Ferrand, Poitiers,
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.51 - Retail sale of textiles in specialised stores

115 - 121 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 April 2019
Employment effect (start)
1 May 2019
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


The management of the clothing company C&A has announced a reorganisation project that will result in the closure of 14 stores in France (out of a total of 160) and the loss of 115 to 121 jobs (depending on the media sources).  The announcement has already been made at the stores. In Saint-Etienne, 14 employees should receive their dismissal letter by the end of April. In Poitiers, the number of dismissals is not known. 'Employees will be dismissed, except those who accept internal reclassifications in other C&As, subject to accepting mobility and the existence of open and unfilled positions,' observes a FO union delegate.

The group has already closed eight stores in France in 2018 and 13 in 2017. In addition to the competition from its rival H&M, C&A competes with the Kiabi chain's renewed concept; with the low prices of 15 Primark stores; and with online sales, which attract customers by offering fashionable items at lower prices. Present in 18 countries, C&A operates more than 1,900 stores worldwide. 



Eurofound (2019), C&A, Closure in France, factsheet number 97579, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/97579.