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Casual positions likely to be cut in fire aftermath

Toys R Us Greenfields goes up in flames.
Toys R Us Greenfields goes up in flames. Tony Martin

TOYS R Us Mackay is likely to shed 10 casual staff following Saturday's Greenfields Shopping Centre fire.

The toy store's remaining 24 permanent staff will continue to receive wages until at least the end of the year.

However, Toys R Us Australia general manager marketing and e-commerce, Darren-John Aquilina, said all possibilities were being considered when it came to retaining staff.

"Because our nearest stores are in Townsville and Cairns, of course if (those employees) are mobile we can offer (jobs)," he said.

"But those conversations are happening today with the staff.

"The other thing we've offered ... is our counselling service and offers to reapply in the event we hopefully can rebuild the store.

"We want them to come back."

Mr Aquilina said the company was seeking to establish a temporary store in Mackay until a new store could be rebuilt.

"My CEO is up there at the moment looking for sites, so if we can get something we should be able to support Mackay this Christmas, and the staff we've got will be able to be engaged again," he said.

Customers who had products on lay-by will be contacted by the company in the coming days and given the option of either a full refund or having the product sent from another store or the Toys R Us warehouse.

Mr Aquilina said he wanted to thank all staff who helped evacuate the store during the fire.

"Our staff were exceptional to get everyone out. A lot of our staff had personal stuff left in the store because the emphasis was placed on the customers," he said.

Topics:  fire greenfields job cuts mackay toys r us


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